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Formed in the summer of 2006, Ocoai have quickly garnered the praise of their peers as well as a devoted following of fans. Guitarist (and engineer/producer ) Travis Kammeyer and drummer, Tim Smith met in the small but immensely talented music scene of Johnson City, TN.

Upon discovering similar interests, the two formed their first band together, 24 Hour Front Desk in early 2005. After 24HFD dissolved, Kammeyer and Smith wanted to try something different. Kammeyer who had shared guitar and vocal duties in 24HFD, wanted to shift focus from vocals all together. Thus Ocoai was born with one mission: to be the loudest and heaviest band around. Without a vocalist or for that matter a lyricist, the table was wide open for musical development. To complete the line up, guitarist Joe Armstrong and bassist Bo Dugger were brought on board.

The varying musical influences of the individuals serve as a catalyst for developing songs that have a sort of push-and-pull effect on the audience. Ambient guitars swell into crunching riffs while sparse back beat rhythms develop into a tsunami-like driving force, until every accent is pounded into your brain. After a year and half of playing shows and recording more than an albums worth of songs that were passed amongst friends, shared on social networking sites or self-packaged and sold at shows, Ocoai decided it was time to deliver a proper record. Recording in the winter and spring of 2008, Ocoai would assemble the seven songs that make up their first full-length record, Breatherman (comprising over 50 minutes worth of music).

When seeing Ocoai live, one thing is clear; their mission to be the loudest and heaviest remains but has since expanded to include a desire to deliver a start to finish musical journey thru emotions that are as varied as the band members themselves.

Remember Pelican in between the EP and Australasia? Sludgy, but going off in their newer, more multi-layered direction? That’s what I think of when I hear Breatherman, Ocoai’s debut record. Hailing from Johnson City and Knoxville, Tennessee, and sharing members of Mouth Movements (one of which is Travis Kammeyer, who produced/engineered the last Generation of Vipers record, as well as Breatherman), Ocoai demonstrate stereotypical instru-metal, except they do it really, really well. Better, in fact, than any other band that has risen to the challenge since bands like Pelican, Isis or This Will Destroy You have made this type of music a worthwhile venture. Not that Ocoai do everything those bands do/did.

They draw from many places, it seems, moreso than most. An instrumental band’s sound gets tricky once every other band has the same amount and type of pedals on their boards, but Ocoai just knows how to get different sounds from them that add to their atmospheric buildups before tearing into a Mouth of the Architect-type riff. The bottom line is, yes — this is instrumental metal. Yes, a lot of bands are doing it now. But Ocoai is different. There’s more reliance on atmosphere before a buildup and dynamics than how heavy a riff is or how thick the wall of guitars sound. Ocoai should be in everyone’s playlist who enjoys Pelican, Mono, Mogwai and even Stars of the Lid. Yes, Breatherman has minimal points. And it’s great.

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