MUSIC IN MANCHESTER
(Manchester Bands Section)
MANCHESTER ROADHOUSE 23/3/00
They take the stage with no fuss or introduction. Itís not until the start of the second song that Vocalist Mike Vannart lets the audience know that they are Oceansize.
Maybe thatís the best time because few people area listening to a band when they first take the stage. They are
still talking, drinking at the bar, so if you can grab their attention with the music first then when you mention your
name it should stay in the memory. This Salford based lot definitely grab you with their music. Three guitars,
bass, and drums the sound can indeed resemble an ocean size event.
Songs which dip and rise as they flowalong, ever changing, then as if by a knowing look they step up a gear, the guitars mesh and Mike becomes a contorted mess as he attempts to wring every possible amount of energy from his guitar
Influences diverse asMogwai, Pink Floyd, early Verve, Can and Black Sabbath means that this style will not be easily classifiedunless under the `Hey, this lot are goodí
Guitarist Steve Durose appears in blissful harmony, eyes closed, head up at the ceiling, enjoying his work.
Drummer Mark Herrin, possibly in danger in being overlooked in such a guitarist heavy band, takes his roll as the pace setter, not with a dreary solo, but with the driving rhythm
Thanks for turning upí, states Mike. Well its a two way thing Mike. Sorry about the puns but I got
swept away with it
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