If a band were ever perfectly named, Oceansize may be just those rockers, as their sound is as expansive as an ocean. With guitars that alternate between being swirling and searing, Oceansize is nu-skool progrock at its height. Along with brothers-in-arms Cave-In, this quintet from Manchester, who were named ìThe Best Unsigned Band of 2001î by Manchester Evening News, is trying to bring back the rock epic almost single-handedly. Songs ebb and flow, but at the core is the riptide of guitars and the drum fury of sticksman Mark Herrin. Imagine old school Spiritualized blended with Swervedriver and a touch of Smashing Pumpkins tossed in for good measure. Not afraid to write loose, groove-laden songs that last over eight minutes, Oceansizeís debut, the wonderfully titled Effloresce, is full of songs to get lost in. From the xylophone intro to ìOne Day All This Could Be Yoursî to the maelstrom of ìYou Wishî and the whirlwind that is ìRemember Where You Areî the album is varied as it is long. If you miss the halcyon days of albums full of epic guitar jams, in Effloresce youíve got another record to add to your collection.
POSTED June 2, 2004 12:00AM IN THE TRIPWIRE
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