Interview with Vocalist Adam Warren of Oceano
Oceano hasn't been around long, but has had their share of problems. Van crashes on tour and the resignation of both guitarists have made for plenty of headlines while they only had one album released. 2010 has been more kind to Oceano, though. New guitarists Devin Shidaker and Nick Conser have joined the ranks and the album "Contagion" is on the way, due out November 9th. I caught up with vocalist Adam Warren in New York as they were shooting the video for "Weaponized" off the new album to talk about the new happenings of the band.
Buick Mckane: How are you doing today?
Adam Warren: Pretty good. Just driving around in New York. It’s frustrating waiting to film our video.
Buick: And that’s the video for “Weaponized.” Did you start it yesterday?
Adam: No, we waited to start it today because they’re going to film it all today doing the performance stuff. Footage.
Buick: That’s pretty cool. I know it’s frustrating, but New York seems like fun.
Adam: Yeah, sometimes it can be.
Buick: Anyway, your second album “Contagion” is coming out next month. Can you tell me more about it?
Adam: It’s a concept album. It’s been in the back of my mind. It’s something I wanted to do. I just wanted to push the creativity and at the same time, it’s a challenge, which is good. But I also think it kind of helps structure ideas and elements for creating new albums, so that’s what we tried to do with it.
Buick: Does it have a different sound than the previous album?
Adam: It definitely still is Oceano. It doesn’t stray away from what people think of us and why they got into us, but we definitely over-all have progressed as a band. But it’s not anywhere near a drastic change. We were surprised upon listening to it. But we have progressed as a band talent-wise, and how we write, and how we think about writing music, so. I think that’s the only big difference there is, but that’s for the better I think.
Buick: Absolutely, and you’re going on tour for this album, you’re on tour right now, and you’ll be touring throughout November when it releases. But do you have plans for a longer U.S. tour or a European tour yet?
Adam: What it’s looking like is touring the rest of the year, you know, get home for the Christmas season and stuff, then hop back out on the road and head over to the west coast. It’s been a while since we’ve been over there. And we’ll tour and support the album there. After that, go to Europe, then hopefully in summer we’ll have something to do, you know, like a festival or something.
Buick: As you were saying, you do have some new talent; you’re two guitarists Devin and Nick. How are they working out?
Adam: Really good. I think this is our third tour with them, so I mean we obviously get some talented musicians. But we made it official that they are the permanent guitarists of the band this year. It’s working out really well. They both came in and collectively helped out with the album. Right after that, we went on tour and recorded and stuff. It’s just going really smooth.
Buick: Was “Contagion” already in the works when they came along?
Adam: It kind of was. We just had a working title, but we did end up using “Contagion.” And more or less, just had rough ideas for songs and things like that which we ended up…the whole method changed, things we just ended up crapping anyway. Basically, we started from scratch. That’s just what we came out with.
Buick: Can you give me any hints of the bands you might be touring with on the tours you don’t have dates for yet in the next year?
Adam: I can’t really say too much yet, but I do know that the next tour we’re on now is with Chelsea Grin, Attila, In The Midst Of Lions and Monsters. And after that hopefully we’re going to do another short headliner on the other side of the country to support that. And Europe, I don’t really know. But that’s definitely in the plan, but it’s all in support of the album. Just go everywhere that the album will be released.
Buick: Is there anything else you would like to say?
Adam: The album comes out November 9th. We’ll be on tour in support of it, so pick it up, and we’ll see everyone on the road.
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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