NME.COM

Oceansize : Manchester Roadhouse

Oceansize are cataclysmic...

Even if Oceansize frontman Mike Vennart was fronting a Boy's Brigade marching band he'd still be the most grandly possessed band leader since Ashcroft first forgot his manners. As it is, his confidence is entirely justified: this Trafford five-piece have founded a new music, one that taps the same complex root as scene cousins Elbow, but pollutes it to forge a skewed Baroque metal.





Unashamed of musicianship, they understand - as the opening 'Catalyst' avalanches into dense noise - that to truly shock, you must at first make people feel cosy, lulling them into a deep underwater coma dream before shocking them out of their trance. Oceansize's music trades in pieces rather than songs, but when it does concede to melody, it's with an attack on the senses called 'Amputee' that jolts us two paces backwards with its ferocity.





Hyberbole? Maybe, but Oceansize are cataclysmic. And, even if they're progressive, they're never, ever prog. This music - so close we feel its breath on our necks - can render the primal urge of techno with boring old guitars, leaving us dazed and exhausted and hungry and in love.





Daniel Martin

Share This

More Reviews

Zoolander 2 - Film Review

Ben Stiller reprises his role as a former model in a throwaway but amusing sequel

Movie

Deadpool - Film Review

It’s not quite the superhero film revolution we were promised, but it sure as hell is entertaining

Movie
Connect With Us
This Week's Magazine