Oceana (USA) Biography
The original members of Oceana had previously been in other bands in the Tampa - St.Petersburg area such as Noreen, and Aissur Ahtom. In 2008, Oceana released their debut album "The Tide" through Rise Records. Shortly after the album release the vocalist, Keith Jones, left the band due to personal reasons. The band then picked up Brennan Taulbee who contributed both screaming and clean vocals. In a recent interview, Brennan said that he was supposed to play keyboards and third guitar for the band's upcoming release but due to the departure of Jones, Brennan filled in the role as Oceana's frontman.
Soon after the vocalist change the band released their second album, entitled Birth.Eater was released on May 26 through Rise Records. The band was set to tour alongside Silverstein, Poison the Well, and The Sleeping. On April 3, at midnight, they released two new tracks from their upcoming release "Birth.Eater" entitled "Mother Love", and "The Family Disease". Birth.Eater reached #48 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. In the mid 2009 the band filmed their first ever music video for the song "The Family Disease" of Birth.Eater album. However it took them more than half a year to release it due the sudden breakup few weeks later.
Oceana was embarking a US tour with Fear Before, Of Machines, Memphis May Fire, and This Time Next Year from July 9 to August 7 before breaking up. According to the band's MySpace, Oceana has disbanded as of 6/19/09 stating the following:
Dear fans, We know a lot of rumors have been circulating around about us. We're sorry we left you hanging so long on this blog. But unfortunately the rumors are true. Oceana has broken up. We apologize to all of our fans. You are amazing and are the only ones who made this worth while. We love you. Thanks to everyone who picked up our new cd. We all put our heart and soul into birtheater and are very proud of the album. This breakup has nothing to do with any one member. We're all best friends and we all sat down and talked this through. It's not that we are not happy with the response from the new album. We knew the change would be a bit rocky and our kind of music isn't exactly whats popular right now. A lot of kids would rather listen to songs riddled with breakdowns and over auto-tuned vocals. That is exactly why we appreciate our fans so much, you guys aren't just going with the trend. We all decided that our hearts were in different places at this time in our lives. We're all young and we guarantee this won't be the last you hear of us. Maybe you'll get five new bands out of the deal. Again we apologize for letting anyone down and we hope you will all support us in our future endeavors. We love you all and thanks for making this amazing. love, Brennan, Alex, Denny, Jack, and Rob
In autumn 2009 Brennan and Denny Agosto have unveiled a new project titled "TROME" (The Rest Of Mother Earth) which was to feature softer, indie-rock music and have released a new demo without a permanent title. www.myspace.com/tromesound
Back to life
As of October 4, 2009, the 'R.I.P' that stood before their Myspace name was gone, starting rumors that the band has gotten back together. Also, Brennan and Denny both added the Oceana banner back onto their Myspace pages, continuing the rumors of a possible reformation. On November 3, 2009 Oceana reformed as a band. Rob and Alex were reported to have left the band and a new bass player, Kolby Crider was brought in. Since then they have been performing as a 4-piece band.
The band posted this bulletin stating the reformation:
Thats Right were Back!! After a few months of thought and ton of discussions, we (Denny, Jack, Brennan) have decided to bring our true love back to life, our love for music. Rob and Alex have decided to take a different route on the road of life and we support them in their decisions and are still best friends with no hard feelings. With these losses, we would love to welcome our newest member of the OCEANA family - our new bassist (Kolby Crider.) So for all of you who are fans new or old, thank you for your continued support during our broken up period of time. We Love you all and hope to see you soon.
Shorty after the reformation the band finally released the music video for 'The Family Disease' which can be watched on their official Myspace page. In January 2010 Alex Schultz was reported playing a show with the band, with some sources saying that he has joined back. On January 25 the band went on to record their new EP. The EP was released May 11, 2010 exclusively through Hot Topic, and it's entitled "Clean Head".
Recently a short clip of a new song has been heard on the end of a sampler on Distort Entertainment's page for Oceana.
Shortly before the Oh, Sleeper tour, original guitarist Jack Burns was kicked out due to conflicts of interest. Brennan Taulbee is featured on Nidus/Expire's new song "Mr Grey" from their upcoming "Many Hands EP".
On August 14, 2010 Oceana posted a update on their Myspace stating they were in the process of writing another album expected in Spring 2011. The update also stated a U.S. tour was in the works for October/November.
It was announced on December 1 that Oceana has left Rise Records.
Recently from a tweet Oceana has stated that "We've been putting a lot of time and effort into our new tunes. Day after day, night after night (still alive). Surprises coming soon.."
Recently Oceana has released two videos entitled "A Fonder Reel Part I" and "A Fonder Reel Part II" that are filmed by photographer/designer James Lano. These videos can be viewed on theundesigned.com and feature updated information and a new song.
Oceana released A Fonder Reel Take III on April 19. The video is shot during the bands jam session/ photo shoot with Gage Young and James Lano. The video also introduces new female member who will be added as piano player and back-up vocalist.
In July 2011, Oceana officially announced that they are in the studio to record their third full length album. They have posted on Twitter video updates of the recording process including songs called "Dog Radio" and "Counting Fish" as well as several others.
Oceana has played a few shows in the last several months. They say an album will be released in 2012.
On April 15 2012, the band officially started a Kickstarter to fund their new album. The album will be released sometime in December 2012.
We've been trying to figure out the words to describe the journey we've taken in writing this record... It's quite hard to define the roller coaster of emotion and difficult situations we put ourselves through because of our passion for music. But it's safe to say it has been a learning experience, making up better musicians and people. The past two years we have written, discarded, and re-written, over and over. Now, we finally have a record that we could not be more proud of. We’re ready to share this music with the world! We've heard some talk about Kickstarter, and how it's helped passionate people achieve an important goal. Since we're in a "make or break" spot, we figured it's our best option. It's scary to even think about, but this may be our only hope! So, after a few months of brainstorming, shooting, and editing with help from our good friend James Lano, we put this video together for you. The idea of the video is to summarize what we've been working on for the last 2 years. If we reach our goal in these forty five days, we plan to record the album within the following months. We will tour again with our new record out by Fall 2012! Any extra money given over our goal of $10,000 will be used for distribution, tours, festivals, and getting our music to your ears. We are all so thankful for this band and where it has gotten us. We also want to thank our fans, friends, and families for helping us get to this point. The least we can do is give it all back to you. We would love your help. You're forever appreciated!
On April 26, 2012 Oceana released a live video of their new song filmed by filmmaker Ryan Zarra for St. Pete Beat