Aaron Martin and Johny Fisher are veterans of the Nashville rock scene, having played together in the now-defunct band Sol Cat while holding down a number of projects individually – Martin is a visual artist; Fisher plays guitar for the Weeks. Now the two have joined forces again for Okey Dokey, a psychedelic pop-rock duo that seamlessly blends the sum of their individual influences. Their first LP, Love You, Mean It, is due January 27 of next year, and in anticipation of that release they just dropped a trippy new video for the soulful single “Wavy Gravy.”
“This happened to be the first song that hit Aaron and I after deciding to begin working together again,” Fisher says. “After the song was layed out and it meant something to us is when we had this thought, ‘Why are we being so selfish?’ We realized we could ask our favorite players to put their own taste on the song and somehow everyone we wanted agreed and it created this really unique sound unintentionally.”
Fisher and Martin holed up in Fisher’s cabin, about 20 minutes outside of Nashville, to write the material that would become Love You, Mean It. Not long after, they recruited fellow musician friends from bands like Wild Child, Bully, the Weeks and Kansas Bible Company to record the album.
“Johny asked me if I was interested in making some music after the break up of Sol Cat and a few other bands in town,” Martin adds. “I loved the idea, but wanted to do something a bit more involved than a band. I wanted Johny and I to become the face of the project and for the band to consist of friends of our who are also peers in our scene. After we started making music we realized that we had found our sound quicker than expected. So the next step was collaborating. Once there, we brought in around 20 friends from other projects to either perform or record with us. It has become an exciting project that takes some unexpected attention but is obviously worth it.”
Watch “Wavy Gravy” below.