Could you describe the band in a few words?

Our Common Sense is a relative young collective who plays music with a touch of the heavier genres since 2014. We cannot pinpoint one genre that will fully describe our music, but if we have to choose, we would say we play post/stoner metal with an exciting touch of post-hardcore vocals. Our influences can be traced back to Karma To Burn, Steak Number Eight, Prong, Truckfighters, Orange Goblin, Bring Me The Horizon and many more…

In the early years (2014-2016) Our Common Sense was commonly known as an instrumental band. The brothers Baetslé and a friend established a project with their love for music. Almost three years passed and with the change of musicians coming and leaving Jelle, Seppe and Glenn welcomed their second guitarist Stijn who implemented the stoner genre into the heavy metal sound of Our Common Sense. At the beginning of 2017 the band transformed into their full line up, adding the vocals of Thomas, they begun writing their first EP. By adding the raw screams of his empathic voice, OCS left their status of being an instrumental band behind. The various sounds blended into one indefinable genre with traces of stonerrock, post-metal and sludge.

Due to the changes in line up, Our Common Sense has a rather distinguished sound. When asked which particular genre we put ourselves in, it would be post-stonermetal. Just because of the many post and stoner influences our band has gone through.

What about your latest album “Mankind’s Worst to Know”?

The various input of different genres led to the release of Mankind’s Worst To Know in March 2018. The Ep contains five songs that tells the story of our contemporary society and how we experience it. How eyes follow every movement we make and how fast people judge our believes, leaving us behind, cast to stone. We prefer to see this as one big metaphor.

Being cast to stone is one way to tell it’s not possible to get rid of the stigma someone gets for not walking the line in our society. It’s really a pity, but we can’t escape the vision of the ones above us.

How was your album received after three months?

We’re delighted about the feedback we’ve received. We didn’t expect reviews scoring 8/10. It’s easy to say we’re happy to see that our EP got some really good cretics around the BeNeLux. When it comes to selling physical copies, most of the time, we sell some albums after a show. At our next show it will be even possible to buy a package containing the first official t-shirts with out EP.

What are your plans for the future ?

Our plans for the near future are not that spectacular. We try to play as many gigs as possible and try to make the best of it. Getting as much as experience we can. On the other side, we’re already started writing song for our full length album. When it will be out, we don’t know it ourselves, but we want to write around 30 songs and select ten or eleven songs for the record. We want it to be a real banger with something for every metal, rock, hardcore-fan.

Have you got a “dream concert”, if you could go anywhere to play, where would it be?

One of our dreams is to perform at Roadkill Festival. A little festival next to our hometown. It gets bigger and bigger every year and it would be a pleasure to play at the festival. If we have dream “bigger”, then we would say our dream concert would be at Groezrock, Graspop our Rock Am Ring or something when we think about concerts abroad.

If you could change anything in the musical industry, what would it be?

Well, that’s quite a difficult question, because the music industry is constantly changing. But let us put it this way: the last few years the heavier genres have disappeared completely on the mainstream radio. In the past you had late evening programs on Studio Brussel where the best Belgian bands weekly could be heard. It’s a pity but also a blessing. It made it possible for bands to think outside the box, experimenting with different genres. The underground is flourishing again, and we are positive that the heavier genres will rise again into the more common scene. So maybe we don’t want to change anything, let it be like it is.

It’s always easy to point the finger and asking for change. Well, maybe we want to change the capitalistic perception of music nowadays. For some people music is a business, and as long it sells, they don’t mind the quality of the music. Music was supposed to be art, yet, with the recent changes it became more of an economic good.

What do you enjoy in playing music?

What we enjoy most may vary amongst us all. But what we all enjoy is to come together and make music, jamming until we get a new song, or fractions from a song. We prefer making music together. When it comes to performing live, we think our vocalist enjoys being on stage the most. He tries to speak to the audience each time, literally and figurative. And sure, when it comes to what we enjoy the most, it will be the smiles and movement in the crowd when we perform live.

Any last words to our readers?

Stay true to what you guys like to listen to and don’t let other people tell you that what you are listening to is not their cup of tea. To close off this interview: if you’re interested in or work, please do check us out on Facebook, Spotify, YouTube and tell us what you think about our music. What do you like? What do you want to see changed. We love to get feedback all the time.

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