The Ocean’s Robin Staps Plays His Favorite Riffs

Chad ChildersPublished: September 29, 2020LoudwireShare on FacebookShare on TwitterFor the Ocean's Robin Staps, there was a certain era of music that impacted him like no other. "Super groovy, super heavy given the standard of the time," he recalls.A little later on, another influence came in the form of Refused. He also shares his affinity for "Silurian," stating, "It’s a very odd time signature. So I owe that to Neurosis.”Digging into the Ocean's own material, Staps breaks off a bit of "The Origin of Species," taking viewers through separate parts of the song. Though he admits he wasn't really into their image or lyrics, there was no denying the playing. I guess you can find some things in the Ocean that remind you of that," says the guitarist, serving up a few examples like "Cambrian II" and later revealing that "Firmament" was a nod to the group.Neurosis also had a major impact on the musician and he recalls traveling three hours to catch them live in Berlin. I was determined to start a band after seeing that show. That was the early '90s, and the metal musician took us through a time warp back to that era in this edition of Gear Factor.Staps really found his musical interests around 1992, starting with Rage Against the Machine. Watch the full Gear Factor episode below.The Ocean's Robin Staps Plays His Favorite Riffs15 Rock + Metal Icons Who've Inspired the Name of a New Species
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Filed Under: the oceanCategories: Exclusive, News He describes "an indescribable vibe of brutality" permeating the crowd, explaining, "It was terrifying, but at the same time deeply cathartic and cleansing. "We covered Refused songs with my first band, but we were just never anywhere near as good as them. He’s an amazing guitarist and I was really looking up to him with the sounds he created with his instrument, it was just mind blowing. The guitarist says Tom Morello's playing was what caught his ear, recalling, "He had that funk, the groove in his blood. He was really creative with his guitar playing. So I got really into that and that first Rage Against the Machine record.”The guitarist also singles out Biohazard, in particular their 1992 album Urban Discipline, as a big influence. It repeats always at a different point in the bar over a straight 4/4 beat. It's currently available to order at this location. I think it’s a 13/16 phrase. It sounds really complicated, but actually when you listen to it, it flows really smoothly.”The Ocean just released their latest album, Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic / Cenozoic.

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