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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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  • lejk_ap_nijo

    The saddest thing is that Vennart became Biffy Clyro's touring guitarist. This is madness. I think they given up too fast ;/ Being in the shadow of pussies from BC, oh god. spare me...

    20 Apr 7:20am Reply
  • KevinVillage

    Home & Minor deserves to be a full-length album. Wish they made more in that style.

    5 Apr 7:13pm Reply
  • KevinVillage

    @ChevyVasquez Mew is nothing like Oceansize, and Frengers is probably the least similar of all their albums.

    5 Apr 7:12pm Reply
  • lejk_ap_nijo

    And lets be honest "superfluous to requirements" is a fucking masterpiece, and probably the best B-side ever.

    26 Mar 11:59am Reply
  • lejk_ap_nijo

    Oceansize is simply saving my life another time. Never dissapoints.

    26 Mar 11:58am Reply
  • nutthugger

    -effloresce-: saturday morning breakfast show | -everyone into position-: ornament / the last wrongs | -frames-: the frame

    20 Mar 11:17am Reply
  • PoisonedDarts

    Including EP tracks - Massive Bereavement; Paper Champion; You Can't Keep a Bad Man Down; Savant; Legal Teens; Build Us a Rocket Then...

    17 Mar 3:08am Reply
  • Apsik0

    OK. 1) Effloresce - Women Who Love Men Who Love Drugs, 2) EiP - New Pin, 3) Frames - Commemorative T-shirt, 4) Self Preserved... - SuperImposter// well, it was a bit difficult

    15 Mar 6:42pm Reply
  • porucupine

    So, how 'bout a favorite song per album list? I'll start: 1) Effloresce - You Wish; 2) Everyone into Position - The Charm Offensive; 3) Frames - The Frame; and 4) - Self Preserved... - Silent/Transparent // Your turn! (:

    3 Mar 5:45am Reply
  • iamdestructobot

    I'm beginning to appreciate the Home & Minor EP. It's a nice break from all the fast/heavy/noisy stuff they've made. Sounds slightly different from their other stuff but still distinctly Oceansize.

    2 Mar 6:58am Reply
  • ChevyVasquez

    If you like ''soft Oceansize'', listen Frengers, by Mew.

    28 Feb 11:04pm Reply
  • porucupine

    Seeeeeeelf preseeeeeeeerved while the bodiiiieeeeas floooooat uuuuuuuup!!!

    26 Feb 11:39am Reply
  • lhlhlh1

    want this guys back so much

    26 Feb 1:51am Reply
  • NickWK

    confident they'll be back one day

    25 Feb 9:37pm Reply
  • theatmosphere

    Three years ago today. Sad.

    25 Feb 1:44pm Reply
  • porucupine

    I like it. Can't wait to listen to some more of Mike's work. It's all good, man.

    23 Feb 6:04am Reply
  • KevinVillage

    new Mike Vennart/Steve Durose track is OK I guess: https://mikevennart.bandcamp.com/track/operate

    6 Feb 11:53pm Reply
  • Emileheskey_666

    Why have I only just found out about this band?! Absolutely incredible music, some of the most original and interesting songs I've heard in ages. Wish they were still around to make new stuff :(

    30 Jan 10:34pm Reply
  • ImParched

    I wish I was Oceansize.

    27 Jan 4:48am Reply
  • benson_x

    you fuckers need to listen to self preserved more. nowhere to be see in the top tracks! quit jacking off to Frames and listen to it [2]

    25 Jan 12:38pm Reply
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