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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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  • Garfinklestein


    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,

    28 May 9:01pm Reply
  • Vashet

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

    17 May 7:16pm Reply
  • azyris

    Does anybody own some of these mysterious demos/Jamrecordings like "Top End Clit" or "ketamine van" or knows where to find them? I am thankful for every tiny bit Oceansize i can get

    5 May 5:05pm Reply
  • KevinVillage

    I don't think Mr. Vennart is petty enough to see it that way. He enjoys playing with Biffy, and he's good friends with em it seems.

    3 May 4:35pm Reply
  • 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
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