While exiting a RIDE and Lush show in 1991, Eric Shea was handed a flyer that read, “Band seeking guitarist and singer. Influences include Slowdive, Cocteau Twins, Xmal Deutschland, The Byrds, Lush, Pale Saints.” Not even a week after calling the number listed below, Shea brought his Rickenbacker over to Mike Prosenko’s home. After admiring his vintage Fender Jaguar and talking about music, Shea and Prosenko plugged in and began creating the music that would become Ozean. Both musicians agreed that the songs they were writing called for a female singer with an otherworldly voice. Enter Lisa Baer. Influenced by the breathy cooing of Astrud Gilberto and the songs of The Jesus And Mary Chain, she was the perfect fit. The trio tried out various bass players and drummers to fill out their rhythm section after booking time with Michael Padilla to record their demo on his Fostex Model 80 1/4" 8-Track reel-to-reel tape recorder. They enlisted Mark Baldwin to infuse their demos with his Peter Hook inspired rhythmic talents before mixing to DAT and releasing a few private pressed cassettes to friends. As with many young bands of the early 1990s, Ozean disbanded too soon. But an accidental rediscovery of these 1992 recordings begged for a reissue. Unfortunately, the original DAT master was nowhere to be found. But thanks to Tim Green of Louder Studios, a remaster from one of the original cassettes is now available for download.
released September 1, 2017
Lisa Baer - Vocals
Mike Prosenko - Guitar
Eric Shea - Guitar
Mark Baldwin - Drums, Bass
With contribution by: Daniel Dietrick
Recorded in 1992 by Michael Padilla
Mastered in 2016 by Tim Green
Photographs by Kylee Swenson-Gordon
Original graphic design by Mike Prosenko
This reissue is dedicated to the memory of Mark Baldwin 1967 - 1997
Thank you Neil Halstead, Rachel Goswell, Kylee Swenson-Gordon, Jason Lamoreaux, Ant Jones, Jenny Lund and everyone else who has supported and inspired us
Published by: Moon Rust Music (BMI) 1992 (Scenic, Fall) + Pacific Hessian Sounds (BMI) 1992 (Scenic, Porcelain)
(previously released in 1993 as a limited edition cassette demo).