LOS ANGELES, CA- The last time I heard Peter Bibby’s music, it was a few years ago when he released Butcher/Hairstylist/Beautician. It’s a great album, with clever lyrics that had me feeling some gruff, rough around the edges, Bob Dylan type vibes. When I got an email about his latest effort, the single “Oceans”, I expected more of the same. Boy, was I pleasantly wrong.

When I pressed play on the link to the music video, my ear holes were instantly attacked with a barrage fuzzy yet fierce guitar riffs that got my heartbeat racing.  The cacophony made way for Peter’s gritty vocals, giving me some much-needed garage rock rambunctiousness that I had been lacking during these COVID days. Backed by the Dog Actband, “Oceans” is some glorious rock and roll that’s really like a breath of fresh sea air.

The song is actually quite appropriate for these current times. Of the song, Peter has said:

“‘Oceans’ started out as a little sea shanty-esque poem scrawled on a piece of paper about going mad in the middle of the ocean. With the help of the Dog Act it soon morphed into a fairly raucous tune. I used vibrato on the guitars to give it a wobbly seasick kind of sound, and we had some mates join us in the studio to sing along and clink beers together in the final chorus to give it the vibe of a pack of people getting drunk on a boat. As far as I recall, it is the only song I have written about losing one’s mind out at sea.” 

We’re all going a little mad these days, right?

The video is a cheeky visual that finds Peter pretending to be a poorly dressed mermaid, a wharfy, a fisherman and a drowning guy.  Peter has said it’s “a dizzying, and psychedelic seasick fever dream” and it’s the perfect embodiment for the raucous sonics of the track.

After rediscovering Peter Bibby’s sound, I’m going to have to go back and see what else I’ve missed out on. I could use a bit more of this

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Peter Bibby's Dog Act. Photo by Annie Harvey. Courtesy of the artist. Used with permission.
Peter Bibby’s Dog Act. Photo by Annie Harvey. Courtesy of the artist. Used with permission.