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Oceansize Biography

Last updated: 11/11/2009 11:00:00 AM

Oceansize exist for devotees of minimalism, maximalism, the uncompromising and the intriguingly unique. They were conceived quietly in the minds of five young men strategically placed around the UK and are currently based in Manchester.

Although unwilling to disclose their influences, Oceansize have a deep respect for the following: Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Can, Cardiacs, Jane's Addiction, (early) Verve, Swervedriver, The Beach Boys and Tortoise. But the only way to really appreciate the Oceansize sound is to see their incendiary live show. Check out the news and live pages for dates.

2002 was the year that things really started to happen for Oceansize with the band supporting The Cooper Temple Clause TWICE on their UK tours and opening the BPI stage at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas to an incredibly enthusiastic audience of both fans and industry. But the biggest achievement of 2002 was signing a recording contract with Beggars Banquet Records.

Oceansize’s first Beggars Banquet release, the Relapse EP, came out last October (21/10) to a warm reception, especially from the likes of Xfm where Oceansize received regular play from John Kennedy and also recorded an exclusive live session for the ‘Xposure’ Show, The Fly where they were named ‘One to Watch’, NME who described the band as “..cataclysmic.” and Kerrang! Who featured the band as a ‘Rising Band’ and said in a live review “Oceansize emerge victorious – KKKK!”

2003 sees their next EP release ‘One Day All This Could Be Yours’ scheduled for release on 5th May. Recorded with the brilliant Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters & Feeder), this release will hopefully see the band build on their current profile and claim more positive airplay and press coverage.

‘One Day..’ is an insight into Oceansize’s developing sound, using samplers and keyboards to create an incessant, hypnotising bass rumble that synchs easily with their devastating 3 guitar attack and groove. Backed with new track ‘Breed Siamese’ and live afvourite ‘Massive Bereavement’ recorded live on New Years Eve 2002 at The Witchwood, Ashton-u-Lyne.

Oceansize recently finished mixing tracks for their 3rd EP and their debut album. Recorded again with Chris Sheldon expect to see a 3rd EP sometime in late July and the debut album in late August/September.

Oceansize are: Mike Vennart -- guitar,lead vocals/ Steve Durose -- guitar, vocals/ Gambler -- guitar/ Jon Ellis -- bass guitar/ Mark Heron -- drums.