Once Oceano released their first full length "Depths" I was sold on this band. To think of the many hours of driving with this album on repeat brings back memories. Once they played a show Fort Wayne I was like a little kid at Christmas time singing every audible word I could while shooting as many frames as possible.
Transform to present day and I have created a small relationship with a few members of the band. I brought up doing their newest promos and Adam(singer) was into it...and then the band announced they were calling it quits. I was personally bummed but its nothing new for me being part of hardcore since I was 16 you tend to realize that all the best bands break up. Then I was contacted by Danny letting me know that they were in fact back up and running months later and to come out to their Chicago show and shoot photos for them. I dropped everything I had for the day and coordinated doing promos that day as well.
The direction was the get away from the typical "death core" promos of the everyone looking tough with horrible lighting and a triangle posing, It can work but thats not what we wanted to do. I wanted to show the band being dudes when theyre not on stage. Its something I really enjoyed about the Slayer "Seasons In the Abyss" liner photos when I was 11 and childhood inspiration comes into this.
These were shot in Lomard, IL at DMK burger bar and the band will begin writing a new album after the Scream it like you mean it tour which should be released on Earache Records
Danny(right) likes to be a scumbag and makes these faces
...and no one ever said my job was easy!