Chicago Deathcore heavyweights OCEANO's reputation proceeds them, even
before the release of their first album "Depths" (out on Earache records in
March next year) the band are known as "The heaviest band on the planet" and
have a reputation to "Bring the beef". Although both of these references are
musical, it seems that in terms of Oceano front man Adam Warren these
epithets could also refer to Adam's wrestling experiences.
"I got into backyard wrestling basically from watching wrestling on TV,
and I was hanging out in the neighbourhood and ran into other people into
wrestling - and started trying out the moves - goofing off, messing around
- then we kind of got serious about it, putting on shows and
Stuff, we were called the Chicago wrestling alliance - and it was violence,
with a lot of weapons and pretty dangerous."
Backyard wrestling has always been controversial as performed by usually
untrained fans in an unsanctioned, non-professional environment. Described
in the news as a "dangerous trend sweeping suburbia" Backyard wrestling has
developed into an underground scene where films of antics and crazy stunts
appear on youtube.
There are times however, when things can go wrong:
"Well we were having a match called a "death match" in someone's backyard
in Chicago, and we had all these weapons like thumb tacks, scissors,
fluorescent light bulb, mouse traps - over sized ones for rats - we had
all this stuff on a tarp in the yard...We were just going on with the match
and my opponent picked up the scissors and then cut me in the head, it meant
to be choreographed, but it got a little out of hand and I ended up with the
scissors stuck in my head - I was a good sport about it - I was told to get
stitches but I didn't, I still have the scar - It was a crazy match hahaha"
In another incident
"I jumped off of a light tower once - like the ones they have for Baseball
- I climbed up one of them in mid winter and jumped and twisted and landed
on a pile of compacted ice - that was part of another match - it was like
a dare - we planned it into the match - I was gonna flip off it but
changed my mind and landed on my back - which messed my back up for a good
Adam started wrestling at school:
"I basically wrestled at school doing the real thing through high school and
a little bit of college, I was quite good I guess, I guess I'm quite an
aggressive person in nature"
Adam no longer does Backyard wrestling and says that
"A lot of wrestling is pretty predictable these days, I really like UFC now
especially Brock Lesnar"
When asked if he uses his wrestling moves in the pit at Oceano shows (which
are known for being violent he says "I don't use any of my moves in the pit,
only if I get in a fight...although you never know"
2 songs from OCEANO's upcoming CD Depths are available
for streaming at
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