Oceans on Orion's Lev Kerzhner Talks of Single's, Album, and More!

Glam-core band OCEANS ON ORION have released a couple of single's with an expected full-length expected this coming next year! The band talks of the music scene, music creativeness, and what else is planned aside from some shows and music!

Answered by Lev Kerzhner (IG: lev.ker), of Oceans on Orion (IG:oceansonorion)

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Oceans on Orion is a fun band. It was founded by singer & principal writer, Lev Kerzhner and features guitarist and leader, Sergei Nemichenister (Formerly of Desert), bassist and K-Pop aficionado Guy Schwartz, Guitarist Logan Omer Cohen and drummer Aviram Zeevy. The band started off in 2018 playing more traditional heavy metal, releasing an EP as “Hartsbane”, before letting the past be past and turning to a more modern tone and style. In the local scene, we’re well known for energetic and somewhat flamboyant performances and ridiculous vlogs, which we make a point of releasing regularly.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

The name “Oceans on Orion” is in some ways a thought experiment on the concept of “beauty unseen”. To paraphrase. “ If a tree fell in the forest and no one heard it, did it fall”, we ask, “ If something is beautiful but is never seen by anyone, is it still beautiful?”

For me, the answer is “yes”. I believe it is. I believe that there are oceans on planets unseen in galaxies far away filled with beauty that no one will ever experience. I use this belief as comfort, when writing, when working, when the doing and its beauty is only visible to the author and the maker. It IS beautiful, even if no one heard of it yet.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We’re from Tel Aviv Israel, where a small but very colorful metal scene exists. Our people are well known to touring bands as some of the warmest, most energetic audiences you’ll get to perform for.

There are many amazing bands in Israel, Scardust for example is a truly epic progressive metal band, featuring some of the most talented musicians I’ve ever met. Walkways is another, and both performed at this years Wacken Open Air, which is pretty amazing.

4. How would you describe your style?

“Glam-core”. Not really. But in all seriousness, we do combine alot of classic “glammish” vocal harmonies and leads with heavier, core inspired riffing. Some call this “Happy metal”, but I think it’s because we have so much fun on stage.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

This past year and some, we released a bunch of singles including “Tomorrow’s Rain”, our debut which actually hit #4 on Israel’s rock Radio, staying 21 weeks on the chart and even getting nominated for song of the year. More recently we released “Weaponized Misery” which featured Ran Yerushalmi of Walkways, “Love” which was a real extravaganza of a song and “Start from Nothing” which is the opening track from our upcoming album.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Yes we do! We have a full album release planned for January. Also lately my life has been increasingly eventful, which led to an outburst of writing. Much of the next album is already written. But one step at a time. :)

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We just performed at Psycho Ward Fest in Tel Aviv and have a few additional shows lined up in Israel for early next year. Recently we signed with Deadfall Management and Booking, so who knows, maybe a UK hop over is on the menu. :)

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

We’re building a routine. A way to release songs with awesome videos fast and fun

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

The best way would be to follow us on Instagram, where we update everything (IG:oceansonorion) . Alternatively, search for “Oceans on Orion” on YouTube or your preferred streaming service, we’re everywhere. Also we have a website: oceansonorion.com where you’ll be able to find T-Shirts and other merch,

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

How it made them feel. Did it lift them up? Did it make them clench their fist. Did it make them feel a little better equipped to take on a complex and unforgiving world, or did it just give them a chance to forget about it? Ultimately these feelings are the impact of art and the most beautiful thing you can give someone.

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