EYEOCEAN is Pascal Leo Cormier's music project in which he plays various instruments and occasionally sings.
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EYEOCEAN could be somewhat described as a musical collective, with no official band members other than Cormier, he invites musician friends to play with him as often as he can, with singer/song writer Julie Perron as a reoccuring member, singing.and playing clarinette with Pascal whenever possible.
With the exception of a few cover songs, EYEOCEAN is all original compositions by Pascal Leo Cormier.
Cormier's music consists of about 50% instrumental and 50% lyrical compositions, mostly sad, sad songs about lost love and the apocalypse. If one was forced to, one could describe the music style of EYEOCEAN as Post-Rock / Ambiant / Quiet Folk / Classical Naive / Experimental Rock. For Cormier, his music in EYEOCEAN is purely therapy, and borderline selfish music that he is willing to share with those who will listen, regardless whether it is liked or not, however always humbly.thankful to those who do like it and support EYEOCEAN in whichever way that they can or chose.
A Small PLC Musical Bio
Pascal Leo Cormier has always had a passion for music, starting at his 2nd birthday, when upon receiving a small yellow xylophone as one of his gift, he can be seen on an old vhs tape footage, struggling off of his giant chair, leaving the kitchen table, the cake, the juice, the guests, and abandoning the rest of the unopened gifts, to escape into the livingroom alone, where he is seen climbing the mountain of a sofa, and burrying himself into his new xylophone with a passion. He can be seen filmed from the kitchen, as his image gets more and more blury, with the unbearable soundtrack of a 2 year old banging on a xylophone with precise chaos and madness.
It was years later, at the age of 11, when Cormier started to learn piano at the Pentecostle Church that his family attended. He very soon after started to learn the drums, gutar and bass. His friend Jocelyn Bernard introduced him to piano and taught his the first two songs he ever learned on keys, and his frien Marc Bernard(Jocelyn's cousin)' dad Denis Bernard taught Pascal his first basic guitar chords and melodies. Cormier learned the drums by playing in the church band. Rbythm was very natural to him, but at first he played without the bass-drum, just the high-hat and snear, until his feet got used to kicking on time.
Cormier went on to play drums in a punk rock band that he formed with his friends Derrick Aube and Jean-Pierre (J-P) Fournier, called Quick Drop. This was between the ages of 14 and 16, when Cormier and the kther members of Quick Drop mutually decided that Cormier should leave the group, as their musical interests were fading apart, Quick Drop being more on the humorous pop/skate punk genre, similar to bands like Blink 182, MXPX, etc., while Cormier was gravitating more and more into heavier, tighter, more progressive and technical political punk. Some of his favorite bands were Propagandhi, I-Spy, Lagwagon, etc.
Quick Drop played several live shows locally and became a popular skate-punk band in the province of New-Brunswick, Canada, more so specifically in the northern regions, in Bathurst and surroundings. Quick drop recorded a full studio album, which was somehow forever lost when something went wrong with the studio computer. Although it would have been a nice thing to have, Cormier has little regrets for the loss because he walked away with the experience of recording a full studio album at the age of 15.
As far as we know, Quick Drop are still together today, now based in Moncton, New-Brunswick, and still occasionally play live shows.
After QD, at the age of 17, in the midst of his highscool sweetheart-heart break, Pascal went on to form a new punk band with his friends Jean-Guy Pitre (nowJiggy P) on the vocals and bass, Marc Lavigne on guitar, and Cormier on drums and back vocals. This band was called P.I.S.S.E.D. (Prosperity Is Sometimes Socially Encouraging Disagreement), I know, silky, but they were tight! The three members of P.I.S.S.E.D. were all into the more hardcore/technical punk rock with a political edge. They covered some Propagandhi, NOFX, I-SPY, No Use For A Name, 88 Fingers Louie, while slowly building a setlist of their own original songs. P.I.S.S.E.D. played several shows in the Northern parts of New-Brunswick, and even recorded a live tape. The band eventually broke up because the band members were constantly arguing with each other. They finally accepted that they were better friends than band mates. Jean-Guy now raps under the name JIGGY-P, unsure of what Marc has been up to, I am convinced that he is still as much of a kick ass guitar player as he was in our teen years.
During this entire time, Cormier was composing punk rock songs on the guitar on his spear time, with the dream.of forming a band in which he would sing and play guitar. He spent a lot of his time improvising guitar jams with his good friends Luc Martin, Michel Pitre(Pitster) and David White. They would all meet up in Luc' garage or basement, later on at Luc's apartment, indulge in whatever drugs available, always canabis, and alcohol, and would improvise some of the most beautiful, most elaborate and therapeutic pieces ever made, gone forever with the air it was born in. These music sessions were some of Cormier's most cherrished moments. That is about when Pascal started playing violin, after his grandfather gave him a cheap violin he had laying around. Pascal took classes for a while and eventually went on to jam with it by ear.
His dream of forming a punk band that he would sing in and play guitar almost came true when he formed the band DISTORTED, with.himself on.guitar and vocals, Luc Martin on drums, Pitster on bass, and David White on lead guitar. They had one full song that they even recorded live from Luc's basement at some point, it sounded pretty good, it felt fresh, and everyone with whom Cormier shared the recording liked it and seemed impressed. The truth is that as much as these guys were tight friends, talented, and could improvise 20 minute masterpieces together, they were all too damn distracted to be in a band together. Every time they jammed, Luc would wing it, he could play well and follow the song no problem, but never retained anything from the previous jam, David would fade away into some riff that he made, Pitster would stand and smile, bass in hands, high on weed, waiting for instructions from Pascal as he would be frustratingly asking Luc to focus. The truth is that all of those guys are genuises on their own, all of them with a burning creative force. It is rather complicated to keep a band together that will be playing your song when each one of them is burning to compose their own songs.
Years passed as Cormier moved around, always practicing with his growing collection of instruments, always composing. In his teenage sorrow, he found himself drawn more and more into music that his friend Marc Bernard recommended; Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Radiohead, etc. Around that time he fell upon a band called Clann Zú, which was on Propagandhi's record label G7 Welcoming Committee Records, that probably changed his life musically. Clann Zú were Autralian musicians (members of prog/noise band MY DISCO) with an Irish singer by the name of Declan deBarra, who has a beautiful, full range voice, and sang most passionately some of the saddest lyrics ever written. Clann Zù was as angry as it was sad, and that was exactly what Cormier had been looking for. Around the same time, the first A Perfect Circle album.came out, which was also very refreshing. This was also just about when.he fell into Mogwai and Sigur Rós pretty hard. Cormier learned to sing by singing Clann Zu, Radiohead, A Perfect Circle and Sigur Rós.
Although he was always composing music, and practicing singing, he seemed to have a block when it came to composing lyrical songs. Singing while playing guitar was hard enough, there was something missing. He was able to play the guitar, and he was able to sing, but somehow doing both together didn't feel right.
It was not until many years later, when he lived in Moncton, New-Brunswick, in a duplex with his friends and room mates Cedric Lejeune, who was in fine arts school, and Patrick Boudreau, who studied classical guitar, that Cormier decided to learn to play a Sufjan Stevens song on the guitar that he liked to sing. Cormier almost always learned songs by ear, but he couldn't figure this one out, so he looked up the guitar tabs on the internet, where it said: Capo @ 3. Pascal had never owned a capo, so he borrowed Patrick's to learn the song. A capo was precisely the thing missing, and it changed his life.
Within weeks after starting to use a capo, Pascal Leo Cormier had a dozen original, lyrical compositions, they flowed out of his like a river, and that is when EYEOCEAN was born. Within a couple of months after the capo entered into his life, Cormier was playing all of the live shows that he could book in Moncton, N.B. He eventually bought an old accordion from a friend and became a street accordion clown on the side, which is how he paid his rent for a full summer, the last summer he would spend in Moncton after 7 years there. He moved to Montreal with his then girlfrien Alexe and has been living in Montreal ever since, where he paints and illustrates, while playing EYEOCEAN shows sporadically when he can. The end.