Sea Of Cars

Sea Of Cars (Emo Rock/Post Punk) - Chicago, Illinois

Sea Of Cars is a three piece Emo/Ambient/Post-Punk outfit from the suburbs of Chicago. With tingling ambiance and heavy grooves, we will move you.

Upcoming Shows:
More shows coming soon.

"Blended Eyes" Single Review
Sea Of Cars recently released their newest single "Blended Eyes" off their forthcoming "Withered Trees" release. How is it? Let;s find out in our newest review. The track starts off with a more somber vibe before picking up the intensity a bit. The riffs are crunchy as the instrumentation takes hold and doesn't let go until the vocals kick in a third of the way in. The vocals take the track down to a more melodic slower pace before blasting into a more Screamo vibe ala I Would Set Myself On Fire For You before slowly fading out as the track wraps up. It's a very complex track and one that shows how dynamic the band can truly be.

Sea Of Car dazzles with their newest single "Blended Eyes".

"Invitation to the Lost Souls Function" Review

Sea Of Cars are a genre bending outfit from Chicago who recently released a re-imagining of their recent "Invitation to the Lost Souls Function". Let's head back to the original version and see what it's all about. The track kicks off with a slower Emo vibe to it before bursting into a Post Punk explosion. The wall of sound that the track generates is admirable. The verse takes things back a few notches before once again elevating the track to new heights with its unreal instrumentation. The roller coaster tendencies of the tracks keeps its listener on their feet as it keeps different genres coming at a fast clip. The track is on the short side at not even three minutes but fans of Circa Survive, Balance and Composure and Title Fight should enjoy this band immensely. As they accurately put it "With tingling ambiance and heavy grooves, we will move you."

Sea Of Cars will move you with their tingling ambiance and heavy grooves.

-Interview- (4/22/18)
1. What's new? How's the new music coming along?

What's new? Other than these new songs we are working on, the two of us have just been super busy with our personal lives. Carl is a recent graduate of Lewis University with an Interactive Media major and a minor in Social Media. Meanwhile, Charles is currently on the road to getting his Associates in Psychology by the end of this year. The new music is coming along greatly though! Thanks for asking haha Charles went to the studio back in February to record guitars and bass, then just the other day (4/19) Carl went in to do the drum tracking. So we are coming very close to finishing this record up and getting out to all you wonderful people. Keep those eyes peeled, Commuters! (Which is what we refer to our fan base as. Fun little fact).

2. How's the new music different than your previous work?

The new music is so different from our past works in that we've really started to tap into the experimental element of our influences. While you can still expect to hear those Emo Rock/Post-Punk influences, you can also expect to see a bit of more influence from the culture of shoegaze and even a bit more punk influence on some of these new tracks. With these songs we are putting our musical abilities to the test and we definitely think it shows on this first LP. We are way too excited for this specific bunch of songs.

3. Having only two members in the band, what are some advantages/disadvantages of that?

Hmm, this is an interesting question. Some of the advantages is that, there's less gear to move around and transport when playing shows. Making decisions can be easier since you don't have as many people to consult or schedules to work around. One last advantage is that when we do play shows, since we don't have as much gear, we can usually cram inside my Kia Soul with everything and that's always a fun time hahah. As far as disadvantages, the only one that really comes to mind is the disadvantage of finances. Granted we do what we can to support our dream as much as possible financially, with only two people, it can be a struggle when it comes to having merch made or having recordings done.

4. What do you want people to take away from your live show?

With our live show, we just want people to be sucked in by the music. We played a Valentine's Day show back in February and after the show the sound tech came up to us and told us that the first two songs of our set (S.A.F.E./In A Corner) took him to a completely different place in his mind. That to us was some of the best feedback we've ever gotten about our music. We want people to be able to come to our shows and indulge in the music and let the ambiance and atmosphere of our performances take them to a better place, even if it is just for that 30 minute period.

5. Where should people check out if they came to Chicago?

This is another interesting question. For me (Charles) I'd have to say, if you're in Chicago, check out some of the awesome record stores we have. We have Reckless Records in the Wicker Park area (they also have a location in the Loop). Then you have Record Breakers that is housed above the venue Reggie's Rock Club located between the South Loop and Chinatown areas. For me (Carl), I'd have to say if you're in Chicago, do yourself the favor of checking out this pizza joint called Dimo's Pizza. They have the best vegan mac n' cheese pizza!

6. What are some artists you'd recommend that people listen to?

Oh jeeze, there's just so many artists we could name. We're just gonna rant a bunch off to you guys, so here goes....Howell, Red Foreman, Compathy, Bad Planning, Bummed Out, Bad Vibes, Swordfish, Autopilot, Dead Split Egos, Oso Oso, Social Norms, False Accusations, Livid, Poorsport. The list goes on but those are just a few that come to mind.

7. What's one thing you wish you could change about the Emo music scene?

One thing we wish we could change about the Emo scene? That is honestly a tough question to answer. Nothing specific comes to mind for just the Emo community. But if we were to speak on a broader spectrum, we think that in each music scene overall there could be a better understanding of safe spaces. The world will never be perfect, but it's starting to become saddening to see some parts of music and their scenes becoming unsafe. Music is here to connect people, not tear them apart.

8. What do you think of streaming services and how they pay out royalities to artists?

Honestly, I (Charles) don't think we have much room to talk with respect of streaming services. Granted we have Highways on Spotify, Apple Music, and a few other sites, we don't really make much of a profit from these streaming sites because the majority of our steaming gets done through our Bandcamp. Which, there, we have our music as pay what you want. That's about all we have to say about that haha.

9. What were some highlights in the past year for you guys as musicians?

Highlights for us from this past year would overall just have to be all the friends and connections we've made through our music, playing shows and social media. It's lead to some of the greatest times and experiences of our lives. We play last May in the art gallery at Carl's school (Lewis University) and it was one of the biggest crowds we played to. But the fact that it was an event that brought two forms of art together, that made it even more special to us. Another highlight from last year would have to be the writing process and preparing of this first LP we're getting ready to release. We started teasing one of the songs (the one that will eventually come out as our single), early last year and we've gotten great feedback on it. Like I said, we definitely put our musical abilities to the test on these songs.

10. What do you wish to accomplish this year?

What do we want to accomplish this year? Sea Of Cars world That's okay, we can dream though right?! hahaha but in all reality, we just want to accomplish the same thing we are always trying to accomplish, connecting people with music. Giving people a safe place to go to. Our music that is, being the safe place. Other than that, we will be taking time to put together some EPKs for the album and maybe get some hits on it. Thanks again for having us and doing what you all do for us!

-Interview- (3/10/17)
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Sea Of Cars” and is there any meaning behind it?

Well, SOC got started originally as a solo project with just the first two songs off our "S.A.F.E." EP that I (Charles) had written and recorded in my tiny home studio. At the time (and still now), we were heavily influenced by Balance & Composure. We knew we wanted to write heavier driven stuff, but still bring our own mix of Emo/Ambient elements to the table. With that influence and being a big 90s Emo fan (ex. Sunny Day Real Estate), we formed the sounds that you hear before you today. Charles is the one who originally came up with the name for the band. It's actually taken from a lyric in the Wilco song "In A Future Age", which we also do a pretty sick cover of if we do say so ourselves haha. We just think the name fits and is different from most band names.

2. What do you want listeners to take away from your new "Invitation To The Lost Souls Function" single?

All we want is for it to make them feel like their at home. We want them to feel a nostalgic sort of comfort, if that makes sense! haha

3. What can people expect from your live show?

They can expect, chaos, ambiance, dancing, and what we like to call the groove.

4. What's your favorite track to play live?

For me (Charles), it would either have to be "In A Corner" or "Highways" because of the way it ends. "Highways" is just this fast punk driven song, but in the end it leads to this big "climax" so to speak. Then the ambiance of the clean guitar and delay just fill my soul with chills. For Carl (our drummer), he would tell you on a dime that "Ghost" is his favorite. But this new single is starting to inch its way up there for both of us.

5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Dang, this is hard. But honestly, Balance & Composure, The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Die and Title Fight.

6. Any crazy show stories?

Not really anything too crazy that comes to mind. But we found it goofy that people were moshing to our music when we went out on the road this past January. Actually come to think of it, when we played Rockford, IL earlier this year, we went to gather our merch at the end of the night and someone had stolen our tapes of Highways...not cool.

7. What’s your take on the current state of Emo?

Oh jeeze, I (Charles) personally feel there still isn't a strong enough following for the emo scene or that there's not as many bands out there to show off the genre. So we're trying to continue the revival of Emo but with our own heavier twists to it.

8. What’s the current music scene like there in Illinois both locally and state wide?

Well, locally here in the suburbs, there's honestly a lot of pop punk going around. But we also do have some bigger pop punk bands from the area. (i.e. Real Friends, Knuckle Puck). There's really only a few Emo type bands around. You got us and two of my personal favorites, Bad Vibes and Droughts. Can't go wrong there. But state wide, it just depends. I (Charles) also drum for a Powerviolence band based in Pilsen, Chicago IL and that scene is pretty big there. There's a good mix of electronic and techno stuff out in the city as well which is interesting in itself.

9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

Well, first, if you haven't illegally downloaded music, than you're just a liar haha. Just kidding. But honestly, it has it's pros and cons like anything else. Us personally, we look at it as, "hey, at least it's being heard" haha not gonna bitch over it like Lars Ulrich.

10. What’s next for Sea Of Cars?

At this point, we're just going to be taking the rest of the year to play some shows and we have actually been working on writing for our first full length that we intend to record in the beginning of 2018....keep those eyes peeled Commuters!

11. Any shoutouts?

We just want to thank anyone who has taken the time to listen to our music, come to a show or supported us in anyway. We do this for the people of the world in hopes they can find a safe place within our music. But of course we have to say thank you to our parents! Without them and their undying support and encouragement, we wouldn't be the people we are today. And thank YOU for having us and for the interview. You guys rock!