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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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  • 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 12:03pm Reply
  • Brett_J_Nelson

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

    28 Oct 2:49am 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 5:25pm Reply
  • KevinVillage

    probably not

    18 Oct 5:24pm Reply
  • iamdestructobot

    @porucupine As Oceansize still? Holy shit

    12 Oct 7:18am 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 5:24am Reply
  • KevinVillage

    BABYMETAL WANNABES? son, they never shredded, and the most metally stuff they put out had sickass riffs like Sleeping Dogs.

    7 Oct 2:19pm Reply
  • Aki_Kato

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    2 Oct 10:57am Reply
  • Garfinklestein

    BABYMETAL WANNABES

    4 Sep 2:29pm Reply
  • floslow

    ah ah my bad english is playing tricks on me. i meant : this is shiiit, really.

    3 Sep 10:08pm Reply
  • AndrewYagami

    Discografia perfeita. Todos os álbuns, EPs, singles.

    30 Aug 1:41am Reply
  • lejk_ap_nijo

    Music for Nurses - best EP for sure.

    25 Aug 7:31am Reply
  • lejk_ap_nijo

    Paper Champion *_*

    25 Aug 7:25am Reply
  • floslow

    THE shiit.

    10 Aug 8:50am Reply
  • screamsquad

    In EIP, Superfluous to Requirements should totally have gone in between New Pin and No Tomorrow, and they should have left Heaven Alive on the EP.

    4 Aug 4:59pm Reply
  • Nix42

    criminally underrated...

    1 Aug 8:16pm Reply
  • porucupine

    Mike Vennarr tweeted this a couple of days ago this "Oceansize's 3rd album FRAMES will be finally issued on vinyl this autumn... Stay tuned. x".

    9 Jun 12:06am Reply
  • Brett_J_Nelson

    I had "Heaven Alive" in my head, and decided to put in the EIP disc of Feed to Feed to see if there were any good shots of Gambler doing the battery-or-whatever-on-the-frets thing ('cause I'm weird like that) and I ended up watching through half the rest of the DVD, too. Gods, these guys were good. To join in the game from a couple months ago: Effloresce - "Long Forgotten"; Music for Nurses - "One Out of n0ne"; Everyone into Position - "New Pin"; Frames - "Trail of Fire"; Home & Minor - "Legal Teens"; Self Preserved - "Silent / Transparent."

    5 Jun 5:35pm Reply
  • lunarday

    hello Oceansize fans, I would like to share this album with you. self-released/recorded, http://music.bridgesofkonigsberg.com/album/close-to-everything-and-nothing

    28 May 9:01pm Reply
  • Vashet

    It's been 3 years already. Still the best band there ever was :(

    17 May 7:16pm Reply
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