The Birth of Oceans5 and The Mingulay Boatsong
When you think of Progressive music, you are unlikely to imagine a 200 year old tune with sea shanty lyrics. However, "Prog" is exactly what Folk Singer/Songwriter Andy John Bradford had in mind when he approached Progressive musician Colin Tench from Bunchakeze and Corvus Stone with the idea.They assembled an unlikely band, purely to record this one song. They produced a version unlike any version of The Mingulay boatsong heard before. They cared not if anybody actually wanted to hear such a version.
This lineup clearly had great chemistry and despite the fact that they were all busy with their own bands, all agreed that this band has something to say.
Andy has a great feel for songwriting and Oceans 5 have proved to be rather good at twisting those songs into a whole new form. From bouncy sing-along to slightly epic rock.
The first album "Return to Mingulay" could be considered a progressive/folk rock album in that good old fashioned crossover style. Nothing too clever, just oceans of melodies, a duck and fun, with a lot of content for those who listen out for it. The playing does not get in the way of the songs.
There are 5 core members in Oceans 5 and although they are all influenced by progressive music, all have very different approaches to composition and style. That combination has resulted in songs that really don’t sound like anyone else. The music owes more to the “anything goes” 1970s than the finely tuned precision of recent times. There are clearly echoes of The Strawbs, Pink Floyd and even Thin Lizzy here.
****Music should never be a perfect science. It should be a conversation with many opinions, unrestricted by language or bias.****
Stef Flaming The mastermind behind Rock band "Murkey Red" in Belgium, plays bass( & makes some deep and annoying noises)
Victor Tassone from New York, founder member of the progressive "Unified past" plays drums(& makes some noises that actually hurt).
Marco Chiappini from Rome "Gandalf's Project" plays keyboards (& did some completely pointless noises).
There are very special guests on the first album and that will continue in the future.
Note about Lorelei McBroom and "6000 friends"
Lorelei has that unique ability to sing “Great gig in the sky”, as heard by anyone who witnessed Pink Floyd live on stage from 1989, or own the "Live in Venice" DVD. All that emotion can be heard on the single “6000 friends”.
Andres Guazzelli earned a college degree in Audio Engineering & Music Production while continuing his studies in Music Theory, Harmony and Baroque composing. He is heard playing Piano and adding a little orchestral magic on Fly away and 6000 friends
We hope you enjoy traditional songs performed in an unconventional way with a progressive tone mixed with style and atmosphere.
Get your candles out and start waving them!
A relatively unknown artist from Mozambique Sonia Mota has completed this transcontinental collaboration by producing amazing artwork for us!
Check out the links of the artists involved who despite the distance of oceans have come together through the internet
Oceans 5 www.oceans5.co.uk
For Andy www.freewebs.com/andyjohnbradfordsmusic/
For Colin http:/www.bunchakeze.com
For Stef http://www.murkyred.com/
For Victor http://www.unifiedpast.com
For marco http://www.reverbnation.com/gandalfsproject
For Andres www.andresguazzelli.com
For Lorelei www.loreleimcbroom.com/
Ocean's 5 is born!!!!
OCEANS 5 now license their music for Movies, TV games Corporate etc.