Updated: Jan 15
Official Press Release:
Today, France-based pop/rock trio, OAKMAN shares their brand new single, “Fantasy,” out now via Rude Records. Written and produced by the band themselves, the upbeat, bouncy track muses on how we can tend to live in this “fantasy” world where we’re not being true to ourselves and realizing that we can’t continue to live that way and we have to be who we really are.
About the brand new single, the band shares, “The pandemic and the lockdown was a long period of questioning. When you try to realize your dreams, your projects, you put so much energy into it that nothing can stop you,” says the band. “But when everything stops, it's a hard blow. And this time, it was the whole world that stopped! So you start to question your life, your choices and even think about giving up and you say to yourself, ‘that would only be proving the people who never believed in you right.’ So when you finally realize that you can't give up who you are, you start to find a new energy where this time you want to fight even harder to reach your goals because ‘this time you want it all.’”
Last month, the trio shared, “Night,” a track that reflects on the fleeting moments of life we take for granted, and reminds us to live in these moments and enjoy life. The song quickly garnered the attention of the likes of Billboard who dubbed it “a carpe diem bop.” The song was also featured on prominent playlists including Spotify’s All-New Rock, New Music Friday France, and received airplay on Kerrang! Radio.
The band arrived on the Lyon rock scene in 2016 with the release of their self-produced EP, Waterscape. Following the release of their first EP, the band began to tour across not only France, but England, Italy, Japan, the US and more. They opened for bands like Enter Shikari (Bataclan, Paris), ZZ TOP (Pérouges Fest), Basement (Kao, Lyon) and Bukowski (Marché Gare, Lyon). They later released their second EP, Plastic World, in October 2018, which was mixed by Sam Pura (State Champs, Story So Far) in Fremont, CA.
Every time they play, the effect is immediate. They will touch you emotionally with songs like “Plastic World” or “Spread,” but keep a touch of fun and joy with songs like “Clear Enough.” With Marine’s incredible voice at the forefront, the band builds up a contrast between aggression and solace with each track.
This summer, OAKMAN will be joining fellow French band, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! on their first tour in France in 6 years. See below for a full list of dates.
Marine (Lead vocals / Guitar)
TOUR DATES WITH CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK!
June 6th - Lille, France - Black Lab
June 9th - Metz, France - Aerogare
June 10th - Paris, France - Trabendo
June 11th - Toulouse, France - Connexion Live
June 12th - Lyon, France - Ninkasi Kao