Louis Jucker abdicates bass throne to complete education
Germano-Swiss progressive post-metal band The Ocean have announced the temporary departure of bassist Louis Jucker in a statement made on Facebook.
The band recently announced details for their new album Pelagial, the follow up to 2010′s two-fer of Heliocentric and Anthropocentric, which were critically lauded – and rightly so. The mix of intelligent and varied instrumentation and vocalisation, mixed with well-considered and researched themes, created two records that are on consistent rotation in my library – for different reasons – and so Pelagial is highly anticipated around these parts.
In anticipation of a hectic touring schedule in support – which already includes a number of appearances across Europe (check the calendar for details) – Louis has decided to temporarily step down from his performance duties with The Ocean in order that he may complete his current studies. This seems sensible, as it’s not something you want to lose track with by taking an extended break. Get it finished with maximum focus, and see what happens from there.
Louis will continue to be a member of the band, so we’re pretty sure he’ll return at some point, but in the meantime the band have welcomed the excellently-named Chris Camillo Lloyd Petrov Breuer to the fold.
Chris has been working hard on learning our back catalogue and we are 100% confident that he is the best possible guy to take Louis’ place. After all, he has a lot less hair than Louis, and that again is something we all appreciate!
So business as usual then really! We assume that this will mean Louis will be putting Kunz, his experimental performance band with The Ocean’s drummer Luc Hess. I’ve literally just heard about this band, so that is of course conjecture, but I wanted to be a smarty pants journalist wanker and put in a bit of information you may not have known, so…there’s that.
Pelagial will be out on April 26th/29th in Europe, and April 30th in North America. Tunes soon, no doubt. There’s also a live DVD called Collective Oblivion due out later this year that has been pushed back by the label, but which has left the band “humbly overwhelmed”, and for which we’ll be getting a preview or two soon. Awesome.