I had the chance to interview the beast/dad/dude hammer known as Adam Warren at the Los Angeles, CA stop of the Scream It Like You Mean It tour. Despite a hiatus shorter than a Nomads song, Chicago's Oceano continues to loom large in the deathcore scene. From white girls to P90X, we cover all the bases.
Hahaha. Um, basically you can sum it up as bottomless. Mainly myself, but we all were just kind of shot and you know, pushed to the limit on touring and without being home we didn't have a lot of time to adjust to normal life and get things in order. We were always just on the road for a month or two, back home for a month or week or less and never really had a chance to have real lives. We kind of started off as teenagers and had been touring up until young adulthood and we didn't really... I've been touring since before I could drink a beer, ya know? Anyway, so we all are now older and we just needed a little time to settle into normal life, get sick of it, and realize that we can't handle normal everyday run-of-the-mill jobs for that long and now we're back. We'll probably do the same process and break up in another 8 months.
I don't think so. We were considering just not saying anything and making it a surprise, but since we're obviously pretty close with the main man Scott Lee we didn't want to make it seem like we were doing some shady stuff and trying to get a higher slot or trying to make more money then be like oh, screw you guys. We wanted to be straight up about it and just told them; they were still cool with it. They're stoked because they can book us in the future.
Yeah, basically that's what it was.
No, I'm not the head honcho, you asshole. It's just that there aren't a lot of black guys in metal so they didn't want to work too hard to go to the hood and try to find another one to replace me.
No. You may not. I mean, you can call us whatever the fuck you want to call it, but I mean, sure! Just on a side note, I don't know why everyone thinks that one's so clever. I don't know for a fact, but no one ever even pulled out the one Impending Coon. That's a better one.
That's when it first came out, huh? We did that for Metal Injection, I believe it was. It was right when we came out obviously there were a lot of haters and stuff like that. Any publicity is good publicity. Even if your fucking dick is on the Internet. If they're talking about your band, it's whatever.
Honestly, I don't think it did anything. We're not like a Mayday Parade or some shit like that where it really matters. No one really comes on a site like that and says "Oh, it's so and so from this pseudo death metal band. I've been dreaming of seeing this my whole life." That doesn't happen. I don't think it really made any difference at all.
They've supported us a decent amount, I think they probably give us a little more focus because we're more new-school. There are a lot more new school bands coming out now and the younger generation is obviously going to be the one to pave the way to wherever the hell metal is going to go in the coming years. We are that kind of band that's going to cater to the younger generation so they do kind of give us that push, usually… Yeah, they really support us, I mean that's why they got us. They needed a fresh band for the roster, not just all the old-school bands. There's nothing wrong with old school bands, they all rock and stuff like that, but a lot of them have since come and gone from the label. They're either not touring or they're on different labels now. You've got to always embrace what's new as long as it's good. Not saying we're that good, but we get some attention so that's worth investing some money in.
They're not necessarily new, but some of the bands that I pay attention to, one big one is Within The Ruins. They're not new, but they're still on the come up. I don't know - what I listen to normally is not metal.
I mean, I definitely haven't grown out of it. I still love it. It's just the mood. When I get home from tour I'm definitely not listening to any metal. Maybe a week or two out of being done with tour, I usually go back into the metal zone.
It would probably be Behemoth.
We only have three songs written! We're trying to just mix the best of both of our past albums. It sounds lame, but it's heavier. Everyone says that. I want it to have a heavier delivery of music. There will be more atmosphere to it, so like a lot more live production feel to it. Where things that will be on the album that have a big production feel, but we do play live that we don't need any backing tracks or BS for. That's probably the key focus is to make it feel a lot bigger and adding to the mood to whatever the hell I choose to write about. I have a lot of concepts I've been thinking about. It's going to either have a theme or a whole bunch of introspective personal shit, but not too deep.
Hahaha, that would be amazing, but it would just be called Cuck. The first tentative title of the first single, "Cuck," probably won't be out for a while. We'll probably play increasingly more new songs as we progress throughout the next tours we do up until we record and release it. No one will hear anything until the next US tour we do. Puerto Rico and Europe will hear new songs.
It started off the opposite. Before it got announced, Oceana got signed to Rise Records and our hearts were just ahhh, great... It was horrible. We were touring Florida where they were from and it was odd.
Yeah, actually. We were going to change our name to Sons Of Belial because it's metal and it just had the closest relation to what some of our songs were about at the time.
It started when I saw my first porno. I saw a soft core porn for the first time in my young little life. I was a young 13 year old boy and it was a white woman and I thought it was really nice. From then on I was hooked on Cinemax soft core porn and Real Sex. I used to stay up late at night when I used to live in Georgia and watch in between the little fuzzy lines of the Spice Channel and try to fuck with the antenna and shit and be like yes, there's some boobs! Fuck, I was such a pervert.
I would say that it actually is my drink of choice. I mean, I wouldn't want a liter of it, but yeah.
We really appreciate Lambgoat. We don't appreciate Shay, she sucks and is a miserable human being.
Shay and Nick Conser
If you want to be my friend, bring me booze and someone bring me the real edition of P90X cause some kid was supposed to bring it and he didn't.
Hahaha, no, I definitely don't.
The perception that people have of your band is very important. So if you want your band to be taken seriously, conduct your band as a serious band.
No, that's me, that's all me. When I'm on stage it's a different story. I licked my puke off the stage, did you see it?!
Keep cucking into the fucking new year… You better put that on there. Seriously.