News•October 31, 2013 11:59 AM ET•3,997 views
The Ocean announces new drummer
The Ocean has found a replacement for soon-to-be departed drummer, Luc Hess, and he is Paul Seidel of War From A Harlots Mouth. Guitarist Robin Staps comments: "We have only had 3 rehearsals with Paul so far, but it has clicked from the beginning both on a musical and personal level. I would have never thought that I could find another drummer who plays at the same level as Luc, but now I am sure that Paul will not only follow in Luc's footsteps, but also stray from the path and bring new, exciting things to the table. I always knew that Paul was a machine who wouldn't struggle with fast stuff like in 'Disequilibrated' or 'The Wish In Dreams', but watching him enjoy playing some of the slow and calm songs with so much feeling and energy really made me aware of how awesome and versatile a drummer he really is. Paul was the only drummer we auditioned, and after we did, there was no desire to try out anyone else." For his part, Seidel had the following to say: "I'm very pleased to officially announce, that I'll be joining forces with The Ocean. I am glad, both musically and on a personal scale, to walk new paths and broaden my horizon. My personal approach has always been to overcome genre boundaries as well as stereotypes, to swim against the current and to play or enjoy music apart from conventional habits. The Ocean have ever since implemented a conceptual urge in the context of progressive music and have never been afraid to dare to experiment. Therefore I am more than looking forward to getting creative and contribute my part to the art of The Ocean."