The Ocean, will be returning to North America this spring for the first time since last year's The Summer Slaughter Tour. In just over a month, their co-headline tour with Prosthetic Recording artist Scale the Summit begins. The tour also includes special guests The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes, and is being presented by Metal Sucks. The tour kicks off on Wednesday, March 5 in Seattle Washington and wraps up on Sunday, March 30 in Cambridge Mass., including two dates scheduled in Austin, TX for SXSW.
The Ocean will notice a change in the lineup from the last time around, as they've added drummer Paul Seidel (War From A Harlots Mouth), and guitarist Damian Murdoch to replace Luc Hess and Jona Nido, who departed the band on mutual terms late last year. Two live videos have been made available from The Summer Slaughter Tour stop at the Rave in Milwaukee, WI. Fans can watch "Demersal: Cognitive Dissonance" (featuring guest vocals from CJ of Thy Art is Murder) here.
The Ocean founder and guitarist Robin Staps comments on the videos: "Summer Slaughter was the final US tour for Luc and Jona. These clips bring back good memories of our last summer together and a lot of crazy parties in parking lots across the country. Now I'm really looking forward to getting back to the US with our new guys. We've started rehearsing for our upcoming tours this week, and there's a really good vibe in the room. We're hungry to get out again, we've only been home for two months now but it already feels too long."
The Ocean Tour w/ Scale The Summit – The Atlas Moth – Silver Snakes:
03/05 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
03/06 Portland, OR Branx
03/07 San Francisco, CA Bottom Of The Hill
03/08 Los Angeles, CA The Lyric
03/09 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
03/10 Tempe, AZ Yucca Tap Room
03/11 El Paso, TX The Spot
03/13 Austin, TX Dirty Dog – SXSW
03/14 Grand Prarie, TX QuickTrip Ball Park
03/15 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's
03/16 Metairie, LA Cypress
03/17 Tampa, FL Crowbar
03/18 Pembroke Pines, FL The Talent Farms
03/19 Orlando, FL Backbooth
03/21 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
03/22 Louisville, KY The Diamond Pub
03/23 Chicago, IL Subterranean
03/24 Pontiac, MI The Pike Room at Crofoot
03/25 Cleveland Heights, OH The Grog Shop
03/26 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
03/27 Washington, DC DC9
03/28 Philadelphia, PA Voltage Lounge
03/29 New York, NY The Studio at Webster Hall
03/30 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
04/01 Montreal, QC La Sala Rossa
04/02 Toronto, ON Hard Luck
04/03 London, ON Rum Runners
In other news: The Ocean's highly anticipated triple-DVD release, Collective Oblivion, is now available in stores and on-line. Collective Oblivion is something the band has been teasing for quite a while. Fans saw a glimpse of what sort of content would be on this release in the form of tour updates on YouTube, including: Russia 2012 video blog, The Ocean in China, The Ocean North American tour blog 2011, and more. Finally, fans will be able to see this thorough and expansive look at The Ocean's career and touring experiences, including the Heliocentric record release show with an extended line-up of 13 musicians on stage; as well as a special performance at the museum for musical instruments in Berlin, and much, much more!
Collective Oblivion Includes:
– Multiple camera shots of three full live concerts with a total of 21 individual song performances
– 130 minutes of The Ocean history, as told by band members, past and present
– 175 minutes of tour documentaries and live footage filmed in North America, Asia, Russia, Australia, and Europe
– 2 previously unreleased video clips off Anthropocentric songs – old video clips & live visuals
– 10 extra individual song performances filmed around the globe
– Total run time of 500 minutes!
Collective Oblivion comes in a stunning hardcover/book-style packaging with brass-foil print. The book contains 3 DVDs and a +30 pages booklet, with loads of photos, tour diaries and writings by band members and by director Alex Kraudelt, who dedicated two and a half years of his life to traveling with The Ocean around the globe. Collective Oblivion is the end result of this long odyssey, which produced a total of 28 terabyte of video data for editing. View the trailer for Collective Oblivion at www.metalblade.com/theocean.