Home & Minor

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Home and Minor
Homeandminor.jpg
EP by Oceansize
Released 26 October 2009
Recorded Summer 2009 (completed 12 August)
Genre New Prog, post-rock, indie rock, experimental rock
Label Superball Music
Producer Oceansize
Oceansize chronology
Frames
(2007)Frames2007
Home and Minor
(2009)
Self Preserved While the Bodies Float Up
(2010)Self Preserved While the Bodies Float Up2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Rock Sound 8/10[1]
Shred News 10/10[2]

Home & Minor is an EP by Manchester-based alternative rock band Oceansize, released on 26 October 2009 on Superball Music. The release is limited to 3000 copies.[3] Regarding the EP, vocalist and guitarist Mike Vennart states, "we thought we’d try and make a mini-album of more reserved songs that have something in common with each other. It's our acoustic-like record, only there are no acoustic instruments and it’s not an album!"[4]

Background & information[edit]

According to the band, the EP is[5]

a collection of our more 'settled' numbers. More reserved, with not a distortion pedal in sight, this lovely EP is a realisation of a plan that's been kicking around our collective brains since before we were signed in 2002. Where in the past we've crowbarred-in every single dynamic, idea and style we could think of into a record, we thought it best this time to present a more thematic and cohesive collection, so's not to disrupt the more fainted-hearted listener from their blub-induced slumber. Still, it covers plenty of ground, and features a fair few Oceansize firsts such as trumpets, pedal-steel guitar as well as a bit of pumping techno and some additional vocals from Kate Ray. It is also the first Oceansize record to be made in our own as-yet-unnamed studio in Manchester.

In an interview with Rock Sound, Vennart elaborated on the stylistic approach of the record, describing the track "Legal Teens" as "a weird, sci-fi, cocktail tune."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Music by Oceansize. Lyrics by Mike Vennart.

  1. Legal Teens - 4:28
  2. Getting Where Water Cannot - 5:24
  3. Monodrones - 2:34
  4. Home & Minor - 8:10
  5. Didnaeland - 3:22
  6. The Strand - 8:04

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to Home & Minor:[6]

Band[edit]

  • Steve Durose - guitar, backing vocals
  • Richard "Gambler" Ingram - guitar, keyboards
  • Mark Heron - drums, percussion
  • Steven Hodson - bass, keyboards
  • Mike Vennart - lead vocals, guitar

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Tom Knott - trumpet
  • Norman McLeod - pedal steel guitar
  • Kate Ray - vocals

Recording personnel[edit]

Artwork[edit]

  • Steven Hodson - artwork, layout
  • Adam Crosby - cover photograph

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rock Sound review
  2. ^ Shred News review
  3. ^ "Twitter / Oceansize: Just found out that the ne". Twitter.com. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  4. ^ a b "Oceansize | News | Rock Sound". Rocksound.tv. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  5. ^ Lindsay, Andrew. "Oceansize announce 'Home and Minor' EP". stereokill.net. Archived from the original on 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  6. ^ Home & Miner liner notes.