Descended from the likes of Faith No More and Nine Inch Nails, the Calgary meets Portland project He Is Me has been making waves recently with a pair of singles, the newest being "Drowning Man/Ocean Man" a wonderfully freaky and rather bizarre release. Reveling in waves of distortion, hypnotic vocals and the occasional potent explosion of energy, He Is Me prove with "Drowning Man/Ocean Man" that they are one of the weirdest and best avant metal bands going right now. Sure they might seem a little steeped in Swans worship now and again, but honestly, when has that ever been a bad thing? Expansive and hinting at so much more to come, I'm very curious to see where this project goes next. He Is Me have created their own void and cultivated a really cool and unique sound that I want to hear unfold over the next few years.
Frontman Steve Moore says of the record:
Drowning Man/Ocean Man" is a very important song to us. The lyrics came out all in a single poem, and nothing was omitted or changed. Musically, it was free flowing intensity as well. It's two parts meant to be heard as one piece. Thematically, I think this is a rare case where less is more. The less I say about it, the more you'll relate it to yourself and contemplate the meanings beyond the literal, which is totally the point!
It's rare that you find a new project as fully realized as He Is Me but I get the impression that this is only the beginning. This is the sort of band who have boundless potential simply because they have no real boundaries. There is just so much to pick apart here. "Drowning Man/Ocean Man" hints at so much more to come – so get in here and stream this shit.