Leaders of local music: Atlanta-based band Ocean Is Theory


Around this time one year ago, Ocean Is Theory announced via social media that they were no more. The Atlanta-based band played their final show at The Masquerade on March 30, 2013. The band had a six-year run that impacted the lives of many people, as evidenced by the outpouring of farewell wishes that can be found on their Facebook and Twitter pages. The end of the band came as a shock to many, myself included, because they had just released their first full-length album the previous November. The band was formed in 2007, and got their start playing in a local church band. Consisting of members Josh Williams, Nick Novak, Kevin Cerbone and Clay Carter, Ocean Is Theory was a rock/indie band with a Christian base that released three albums.  The first was a five song EP, “Into the Mouths of Lions,” which was released in 2008 while the band members were still in high school.  The EP included some of their most popular songs like “Oh Broken Son,” and “A City of Water.” In 2009, they released a second EP called “In My Blood Again.” This EP had a different sound than their first, sounding a little grittier and more indie. “In My Blood Again” was also smaller, containing only four songs: “Where We Left Off,” “Twenty Nine Eleven,” “Miles Away” and “The Motion, the Feeling.” During their six years as a band, they toured as well as played several local shows around the Atlanta area. They have played not only at The Masquerade in Atlanta, but also Swayze’s in Marietta, The Warehouse in Kennesaw, and The Seven in Douglasville. They have also played shows with other local bands like The Rise Of Science and Joy In Tomorrow.Their absence has truly left a hole in the local music scene that will not soon be filled.