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Manchester, United Kingdom (1998 – 2011)

Oceansize were a British band who combined heavy rock with several progressive/experimental elements. They formed in 1998, and funded themselves through various jobs including writing music for arcade games and building/repairing helicopters. At the start of 2001 they were named ‘Best Unsigned Band in Manchester’ by the Manchester Evening News. The A Very Still Movement EP was released that August, and the band enjoyed support slots with the likes of Elbow, Lift to Experience, and The Cooper Temple Clause and in March 2002 were asked to open the BPI stage at the SxSW festival in Austin, Texas appearing alongside Elbow and Oxide and Neutrino.

In June 2002 Oceansize secured a contract with Beggars Banquet Records; their first release was the Relapse EP in October 2002 followed by another EP, One Day All This Could Be Yours and the single Remember Where You Are.

In September 2003 Oceansize released their debut album Effloresce and set off on their first European tour supporting Aereogramme. In 2004 they released the Catalyst single and a video directed by Mark Thomas and Michael England of the Soup Collective.

After extensive touring around the UK, Europe and USA, Oceansize retreated to their rehearsal studio to commence the writing of another EP, Music For Nurses and their second album Everyone Into Position. During the promotional tour for this album (2005 and 2006), they did some gigs as a support for Porcupine Tree in Europe.

Their third album Frames was released on October 1st 2007, and features the single ‘Unfamiliar’. The album sees the band continue to experiment with song structures and experiment with more instrumentation, including piano and strings.


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  • SoundscapeMN

    The Demon Joke from Vennart is a thumbs up.

    27 May 10:59am Reply
  • giftedcursed

    vennart is zo promising

    20 Apr 3:38pm Reply
  • F9ZERO

    p.s. - God bless you, darling ketamine.

    16 Apr 3:40pm Reply
  • F9ZERO

    I've just listened through Women Who Love Men Who Love Drugs and I gotta admit, it's not too shabby of a track.

    16 Apr 3:35pm Reply
  • Apsik0

    I have a feeling that Mike's new stuff is going to be pure awesomeness

    5 Apr 9:03pm Reply
  • wreath5

    If you like Oceansize, you might enjoy [wreath] and their latest EP 'Embers'!

    23 Mar 7:22am Reply
  • markoceansize

    hello everyone, this is my first post on here , i just want to say ,i am involved with a new band ,im very excited about it , its great to play again ,,and make a bit of a racket ,, heres a wee link to the press pack type hing ,

    17 Mar 4:45am Reply
  • six6to8eight

    Many -- including myself -- consider Frames their magnum opus, so my only advice would be to NOT start with that. Somewhat counter-intuitive, perhaps, but there's something about saving the best for last!

    6 Mar 5:34pm Reply
  • Brett_J_Nelson

    Start from the beginning and go forward, I'd probably recommend. In my esteem, all four of their albums are pretty much equal in quality, so you could also just choose one at random and go that way. On a side note, today is four years on from the breakup announcement. Playing Frames Live to commemorate.

    25 Feb 10:09pm Reply
  • KungFuHamster__

    Saw them support PT back in 2008, was impressed by them but have never got around to listening to them, but want to give them a go now. What album is best to begin with? Thanks

    24 Feb 6:31pm Reply
  • Serja

    I would love to see how chooses "Top Listeners"....because I want my n.1 spot! :D

    10 Jan 4:41pm Reply
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  • junaminas

    @Garfinklestein, you listen to the bands like Depeche Mode and Erasure and you call Oceansize "babymetal wannabees"? Are you high or something? You're the most ridiculous user on i've ever met. Sorry lady.

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • porucupine

    The info was posted in Mike Vennart's twitter account @Hhaitch. Any information, other than the involvement of Durose and Ingran hasn't been posted. I really doubt it's an Oceansize reunion; the drummer is not Heron (for obvious reasons).

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Brett_J_Nelson

    Where's that info from? Who's playing bass? Some sort of full-band version of British Theatre?

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • porucupine

    Nah. It'll be a new project. Still, sounds pretty exciting if you ask me. It's always good to hear from these guys every now and then.

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • KevinVillage

    probably not

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • iamdestructobot

    @porucupine As Oceansize still? Holy shit

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • porucupine

    So Mike Vannart has paired up with drummer Dean Pearson, and together with Durose and Gambler they'll pull out a new full album. I for one am excited.

    9 Oct 2014 Reply
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