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The Ocean loses singer, seeks replacement

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 9:33 AM PT

German metal band The Ocean and vocalist Mike Pilat have gone their separate ways. Guitarist Robin Staps has issued the following statement:

"Being in a band is the constant struggle to reach the one, the final, the ultimate line-up. The right people, the right musicians. The line-up that clicks, where the music that is created on stage is somehow greater than the sum of each individual's output. Once a band has reached that line-up, it is flirting with divinity, it has the chance to be larger than life, to touch majesty.

"Any lineup is usually a very fragile constellation, and essentially a ticking time-bomb. 5 passionate people's egos, their respective ideas, preferences, defects, habits, characters, the insecurities of their lives, all these are dangerous threats to the existence and future of a band. Struggle is an integral part of any band's existence. As my friend Mitch pointed out recently, Van Halen were only a decent band with David Lee Roth in the band, but everybody hated him. There are countless examples.

"It felt like we were close to that ultimate line-up. Very close. The people I have been playing with over the past year and a half are not only amazing musicians, but also amazing people. The Ocean has consolidated into a band over the past 2 years. I am no longer alone.. and still, to some degree, The Ocean will always remain a collective, I guess.

"Mike is no longer with us. He's got his reasons, and we understand and respect them. The Ocean has played the ridiculous amount of 141 shows in the past 12 months, and travelled an insane 75704 (!!!) of road kilometers between Kiew, Ukraine and Los Angeles, California. The life we lead isn't made for everyone. Only some of my closest friends understand what life is like when you spend half of the year on the road. There is not much time for girlfriends, friends, family, career or any so-called private life. And yet the upsides make up for it: the chance to see places we would never get to see otherwise, the chance to constantly meet new people, all the countless moments of intensity, passion and craziness. Our tour diaries tell the story, there's a new one coming up here from the previous tour soon. It is the life we have chosen, for now, the life we embrace, the life we love."

For his part, Pilat had the following to say:

"So folks after almost 2 years and an obscene amount of drinking, debauchery and awesome shows I have parted ways with The Ocean. There are many reasons and it was a hard decision to reach but what it boils down to is my poor financial situation and I need to continue working with my other band Collusion and with constant touring this is not possible for me any more. This last tour was awesome though, a roller coaster of emotions and alcoholic cocktails with some crazy Finnish, Swedish, Canadian, Swiss and German people. I've had such an amazing time with all of The Ocean guys past and present and I will miss then all greatly - Me and Jona almost cried like babies before the last show in G-Burg, Sweden. It's hard to scream like a motherfucker when you have a lump of emotions in your throat. I wish them all the best of luck for the future, take care dudes, it's been a blast. Thanks to all of the cool people I've been so fortunate to meet and hang out with."

As expected, the band is now in search of a replacement. According to the group, "We are looking for a unique, versatile vocalist who can cover all vocal styles from strong clean singing to hoarse rock vocals to melodic pitch screaming to all ranges of grunts, growls and shrieks. Someone who can play at least one other instrument (preferrably piano / keyboard or bass)... a powerful, charismatic performer, a sight to behold on stage... experience is crucial - we want someone who knows that he is willing to dedicate his life to being in a touring band, someone who knows what it's like to tour." Interested parties can contact the band here.


4/7/2009 9:34:33 AM
first post hoes

4/7/2009 9:54:14 AM
too bad, good band

4/7/2009 9:59:32 AM
I'm glad I stopped reading this after the first five words.

4/7/2009 10:00:35 AM
who? no care.

4/7/2009 10:04:09 AM
Ocean>The Ocean

4/7/2009 10:48:53 AM
that fcking licks balls!

4/7/2009 10:52:38 AM
to touch majesty.

4/7/2009 10:54:55 AM
overly long "press release" for how badly they suck.

4/7/2009 11:06:18 AM
They need the dude from Mare.. That would be nuts.

4/7/2009 11:13:46 AM
^---Wow, yeah - good thought. That would be outstanding.

4/7/2009 11:14:29 AM
tlnr tlnr tlnr

4/7/2009 11:32:28 AM
all i read was everybody hated david lee roth in van halen..then i stopped reading

4/7/2009 11:35:07 AM
too long no fcking read, german gaygols! i would have rather seen news on Oceano replacing their black vocalist.

4/7/2009 12:10:41 PM
I hear OTEP is looking for a new band.

4/7/2009 12:39:03 PM
The Ocean asks land dwellers for vocalist.

4/7/2009 1:07:42 PM
Why do bands insist on making such long posts? Basically you could say "Yo, mike left. If you want to sing, try out."

4/7/2009 1:17:14 PM
try kicking out that long-haired gay guitar player. or breaking up.

4/7/2009 1:54:54 PM
Holy fck we know you can use a keyboard and speak english, just get to the point

4/7/2009 3:36:38 PM
Too bad this bad is awesome.

4/7/2009 7:27:49 PM
good! i just saw them in oslo and this guy was their weakest link by far.

4/7/2009 10:52:31 PM
no read ever.

4/8/2009 12:03:58 AM
Good band. This was way too long to need to read, though.

4/9/2009 12:19:37 PM
yeah, touch majesty=suck dck

4/10/2009 6:38:49 PM
You gays are comparing The Ocean to Oceano? Wow. You would chomp down a load for Break Down Metal bands. Get each of you're girlfriends' hermaphroditic dcks out of your brains.