Find out how Europe went, the emotional goodbye to Luc and Jona, and meet The Ocean’s two newest members!
Exactly one month ago, German progressive post-metal band The Ocean posted the first of two parts documenting last year’s world tour in support of their latest album Pelagial.
It was a pretty intense tour, taking in America (they were on Summer Slaughter), China, Russia and many other countries. All of that was covered in the first video, and they’ve now published the second half, which covers the remaining trek across Europe.
It also goes quite in-depth on the band’s recent line-up changes. As far back as last June, drummer Luc Hess let principle member Robin Staps know that he would be leaving The Ocean, and guitarist Jona Nido quickly followed suit. Not ones to shy away from tough subjects, all concerned chip in and reveal why it wasn’t working out. Big respect to all concerned. Indeed, when Simon spoke to Robin in November, he said:
“I’d say, over the last two years, we’ve grown apart as musicians and as people. We’re not in the same boat any more with regards to what we want to do musically and artistically, and also things like touring and production, all these things that become important when you are spending six months of the year on the road and make this your life. There were just a lot of disagreements and different approaches between myself and them, particularly. That’s why I think this is a relief for everybody that it is happening in order to keep our good contacts and friendship, hopefully. So this needed to happen.”
On a happier note, we’re also introduced to new drummer and former War From A Harlot’s Mouth skinsman Paul Seidel, and guitarist Damian Murdoch, who “kinda looks like 50% Super Mario and 50% Chopper Reed” – something that needs to be on stage. Both seem to fit in really well, and are very talented to boot.
The Ocean are once again playing Austin’s SXSW music showcase this week, AND South-By-So-What, before continuing their first U.S. headlining tour since 2008, with Texan prog instrumentalists Scale The Summit, The Atlas Moth, and Silver Snakes in tow. Remaining dates are as follows:
3/11 El Paso, TX – The Spot
3/13 Austin, TX – South By Southwest Official Showcase
3/14 Grand Prairie, TX – South By So What Fest
3/15 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
3/16 Metairie, LA – Cypress
3/17 Tampa, FL – The Crowbar
3/18 Pembroke Pines, FL – Talent Farm
3/19 Orlando, FL – The Blackbooth
3/21 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
3/22 Louisville, KY – Diamond
3/23 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
3/24 Pontiac, MI – Pike Room
3/25 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
3/26 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
3/27 Washington, DC – DC9
3/28 West Chester, PA – The Note
3/29 New York, NY – The Studio @ Webster Hall
3/30 Boston, MA – Sinclair