A high energy pop punk band from Newmarket, Ontario, Oakrest are masters at rhythm filled hooks and dreamy melodies. The layered vocals of their new single “Nothing Serious” keeps the track airy and upbeat coupled with their brightly sectioned (you know, socially distanced) music video. In the same vein of Neck Deep and Seaway, the band are getting ready to grab the torch.
“While Oakrest used to be all about distortion, and fast drums, we have matured in a way to establish a sound that can be somewhat unique in the ‘alternative’ genre,” lead singer Jacob Szabo says. “The Toronto music scene alone, is one of the great places to establish your band in, as there are so many amazing bands to draw inspiration from and learn from.”
Szabo says the track is about the beginning of a relationship where you aren’t sure yet if things are going to become serious. Spoiler alert: it did end up serious, but the song is catchy and an ear-worm during these weird times, which was going on during the recording too.
“I wrote this song in my basement and we held onto this song for a few months, until we recorded it in May 2020 with Anton Delost,” Szabo says. “During this time of recording, the COVID-19 rules were still very tight, so only three of us were allowed in the studio at a time.”
Drawing influence from State Champs to Katy Perry, Oakrest say they’re writing their next record thanks to COVID-19 allowing them the time instead of putting on shows.