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Oceans Of Slumber: 'A female voice can lend itself to so much more than a man's'

Take a pinch of Southern gothic, an impressive set of soulful vocals and the perfect blend of heavy and melodic into the melting pot and you’ll get the sound of Oceans Of Slumber

We’ve won artist of the year, live band of the year, album of the month and all kinds of stuff… but until we win a Prog Award, I won’t be that impressed!” quips Dobber Beverly, founder of Southern soulful proggers Oceans Of Slumber.

Prog meets the Texans on a crisp evening at London’s Tufnell Park Dome, ahead of their live show. We are greeted by burly drummer Beverly, and the atmosphere is instantly friendly and candid. Laughs are shared and boozy shenanigans with their current touring companions, Enslaved, are spoken of before new, slightly shy singer Cammie Gilbert makes a discreet entrance to quietly join us.

Oceans Of Slumber originally began in 2011 as a heavy rock band, but it wasn’t long before they embraced their proggier side.

“I became a musician because of David Gilmour,” Beverly explains in his thick Southern drawl. “He is my favourite guitar player. And since I was a kid, I was into the idea of a heavy band, but with beautiful female vocals.”

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