You know, this always happens. My dad gets into one of the band’s I dig, and they lose members. It happened with Opeth, too.
The Ocean will lose two members before the year kicks off, as both guitarist Jonathan Nido and Luc Hess will be jumping ship.
Said Nido on Facebook: “As some of you already know, this upcoming tour will be the last one for me and Luc as members of The Ocean. We will both quit the band permanently after the last show of the tour.”
Seems Luc let the band know in June he wanted out.
“An official and more detailed statement from the both of us will be published after the tour. As for now, all I can say is that we both had the feeling it was the right time to take this decision and move-on. There are obviously a ton of reasons for that to happen now.”
“Artistic divergence, full-time commitment to a project that isn’t 100% fullfilling anymore and other stuff like not wanting to deal with certain aspects/restrictions of what an established/touring act requires for its production and also the way things are generally working, especially on a personal level.
“I don’t think we were supposed to announce this anytime before the end of the tour for whatever reason, but Luc and I thought that people that have discovered / enjoyed this band with this line-up during the last 6 years would maybe appreciate to know that this will be the last tour with this line-up instead of just finding out about it when the tour is over.
“So yeah, come out to any of these shows and let’s have a drink to celebrate whatever is next for both The Ocean and us!”
The band will release their new 3xDVD live/documentary set “Collective Oblivion” on November 12.