The Ocean robbed in Spain
2010-10-25 by Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF | 87 Comments

German metal band the Ocean were robbed to the tune of €6000 last week while on tour in Spain.

The band are currently supporting Dillinger Escape Plan on their European tour and will switch to the support slot on Anathema's tour next month.

The band wrote in a statement: "Two guys in a black BMW pulled us over with fake police IDs. They asked for our van papers and IDs and wanted to know if we had any money to declare. We were not skeptical at this point, as it is normal in Europe that you have to declare larger amounts of money when you're crossing borders, so we told them we had merch money with us, and the guy wanted to see it.

"When we showed them the merch wallet, the guy reached through the open window, seized it and ran back to the BMW in front of us, where his colleague was waiting with the engine running. Unfortunately our van and trailer don't match the speed of a BMW, but fortunately it's not allowed to carry guns in Europe, as otherwise we would be in jail now for shooting the guy in the face.

"We are facing a loss of + 6000 euro of merch income of the last days and fees. The exact amount is still to be determined. As some of you may or may not know, conditions on support tours are usually grim. Fees are low and barely cover expenses for van, gas, highway tolls, ferries etc. There is no accommodation arrangements, we've been crashing out on people's floors for weeks. Losing more than 6000 euro is something we simply cannot afford at this point.

"We are asking everyone who is planning to order Anthropocentric in the next few weeks through our shop to help out. You can do so by donating 5 Euro when you place your order. All income generated through this will make the loss smaller for us.

Everyone who donates 5 Euro will receive a copy of the police report and a Thank You card signed by all band members. We would like to thank you in advance for your support!"


http://www.pelagic-records.com/shop/

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syco722
October 25th 2010

492 Comments


That sucks but the headline is awesome

ZippaThaRippa
October 26th 2010

2365 Comments


headline makes me lol... and then that first sentence is like a tire iron to the skull

ZippaThaRippa
October 26th 2010

2365 Comments


Isn't it kind of obvious

InFiction
October 26th 2010

3591 Comments


People are cunts.

ThePalestMexican
October 26th 2010

2816 Comments


Because everyone thinks bands are loaded with cash

Josh D.
October 26th 2010

13967 Comments


Sucks.

AdenZerda
October 26th 2010

118 Comments


Dave de Sylvia:

"When we showed them the merch wallet, the guy reached through the open window, seized it and ran back to the BMW"

.

Jebull
October 26th 2010

1340 Comments


Gah! Enough with all the bands getting robbed..

climactic
October 26th 2010

17308 Comments


Fucking Spanish.

VicariousIntent
October 26th 2010

1591 Comments


This sucks, but I've heard of robberies like this in Europe before. I saw thieves in Italy do some crazy stuff to trick people. You've just gotta be extra careful.
Still really sucks though. Maybe I'll donate.

kenti123
October 26th 2010

120 Comments


well. weather they crashed the van, or getting robbed,both seems normal these days

fr33convict
October 26th 2010

11678 Comments


There's a life lesson in this somewhere. Or something like that.

Bleekill
October 26th 2010

832 Comments


Should've backed over that motherfucker as he tried to escape

Thanntos
October 26th 2010

309 Comments


Sucks for this to happen so frequently

This made me lol

"as otherwise we would be in jail now for shooting the guy in the face."

playswithpassion
October 26th 2010

275 Comments


damn, that's a bad break indeed...

tinathefatlard
October 26th 2010

1574 Comments


Hard to feel sorry for them when the guy let the cash get snatched out of his hand.

JAV
October 26th 2010

1884 Comments


Don't carry cash in Europe?
That is some bullshit though.

danjames
October 26th 2010

64 Comments


poor guys, that sucks so much


JWT155
October 26th 2010

9184 Comments


So Spain robbed the Atlantic or the Mediterranean?

Jebull
October 26th 2010

1340 Comments


Doh!

JWT155
October 26th 2010

9184 Comments


I know, had to force that one.

Jebull
October 26th 2010

1340 Comments


Sure, sure..

JWT155
October 26th 2010

9184 Comments


I got an A in 3rd grade geography, I know my shit.

Emim
October 26th 2010

26205 Comments


otherwise we would be in jail now for shooting the guy in the face.



Jebull
October 26th 2010

1340 Comments


Lol I was wondering If I was the only person that laughed at that line..

DonniSharK
October 26th 2010

466 Comments


Man, that sucks. They're one of my favourite bands. Preordered that nifty 4 disc Heliocentric/Anthropocentric set. Can't wait!

tiesthatbind
October 26th 2010

7360 Comments


You mess with the ocean, you get wet, foo'!

Ire
October 26th 2010

41474 Comments


periphery and the ocean robbed

stealing from lame bands ftw

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2010

7762 Comments


It was me you guys, I wanted my money back for buying Heliocentric

Butkuiss
October 26th 2010

3905 Comments


Argh. So many bands are getting stolen from these days. Not cool at all, especially the bands that don't have the luxury to lose money/equipment.

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schwarzekatze7
October 26th 2010

41 Comments


Donate I said!

Photon
October 26th 2010

1288 Comments


the precambrium shirt on that link looks pretty good ..i think i might order that one

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DonniSharK
October 26th 2010

466 Comments


@Ire

>The Ocean
>Lame

wtf am I reading?

Ire
October 26th 2010

41474 Comments


a better question would be why was i listening to bad post metal?

DonniSharK
October 26th 2010

466 Comments


But The Ocean have never played post-metal... They were never the band that used layering and build-ups, they have always just been balls out aggresion (although at times, a bit more atmospheric than others). Not to mention they don't play metal anymore, but rather some kind of prog metal/post-hardcore hybrid.

Motiv3
October 26th 2010

8442 Comments


Don't like these guys but this sucks for them. These things happen to often now.

IkarugaSoul
October 26th 2010

41 Comments


This really sucks, been following them on FB recently and many of their updates have been along the lines of
"looking for somewhere to stay in ____ can anyone help us out?"
So it's not like they had money to burn. It's worth buying their stuff anyway, their packaging is usually pretty awesome.

musicConsumer
October 26th 2010

494 Comments


I stole from these guys yesterday.

Wizard
October 26th 2010

18796 Comments


Hey guyz,

The band robbed us all of a decent album (Heliocentric).

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bloc
October 26th 2010

34500 Comments


Band sucks

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Emim
October 26th 2010

26205 Comments


I'm turning all of you in.

mutatedfreek
October 26th 2010

7351 Comments


Sucks. Seeing them with DEP tomorrow though so I'll buy a shirt or something.

Detective Dan
October 26th 2010

158 Comments


Don't these guys live in Germany or something?

CushMG15
October 26th 2010

1802 Comments


Liam Neeson wouldn't stand for this shit...

Spec
October 26th 2010

26846 Comments


Should have backed over the guy as he tried to escape.

bobosucks
October 26th 2010

30 Comments


"... reached through the open window, seized it and ran back to the BMW in front of us, where his colleague was waiting with the engine running."

Yeah, obviously he should have backed over the guy, that would have done it.

This really sucks for these guys, it's always a bummer to read stuff like this...

ManicDemise
October 26th 2010

415 Comments


Why are all these bands getting robbed this year? This sucks.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2010

8591 Comments


fuck, this is terrible.

apparently anthropocentric is good guys, magazine reviewed it and gave it 8/10

i may get it on this premise

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2010

9513 Comments


Damn.
At least rob a musician that actually has money to spare... J. Biebz's wallet is likely way more full than it should be, snatch sum $ from him.

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2010

17387 Comments


Real musicians don't get high security or protections for actually being artists while pop images can't even be seen without some huge guy protecting them from crazed fans, thus, people rip them off.

I 100% agree with The Ocean, if it were me, i would have no qualms about shooting anyone who did that to my band.

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eternium
October 26th 2010

16213 Comments


I guess it's just a Europe thing. I sure as hell wouldn't be showing anyone that I had $6000 on me, I don't care who it is.

schwarzekatze7
October 26th 2010

41 Comments


You are so cool and badass!! I guess its an American thing..

FadeToBlack
October 26th 2010

10913 Comments


such stupid logic in this thread makes me want to cut myself

Torii
October 26th 2010

801 Comments


Joder... Esas son malas noticias .... ojala el album no se atraze :/................................................................... Yeah, I speak that stuff.

pizzamachine
October 26th 2010

12568 Comments


How?

Torii
October 26th 2010

801 Comments


Magic.

xenocide.
October 26th 2010

1183 Comments


Poor guys, but they just should create a bank account and deposit earned money there. I don't see any
reason to travel with 6000 euro in cash.

krig9412
October 26th 2010

791 Comments


Ire, weren't you bitching at all of us earlier how Periphery were a good band and that the only reason we all hate them is because of some conspiracy by the "elitists?"

Besides that, shit really sucks. I love these guys, and I wish I was funny, there are so many jokes to make here about this.

Upsidedown_and_Sideways
October 26th 2010

246 Comments


telling anyone (especially cops!) that you have a large sum of euros on you is foolish beyond belief!

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2010

7762 Comments


are euros real money anyway?

SoapySoap
October 26th 2010

865 Comments


This really sucks. Shit like this might make bands quit if this becomes something that happens frequently.

Ire
October 26th 2010

41474 Comments



Band sucks


Ire
October 26th 2010

41474 Comments


Ire, weren't you bitching at all of us earlier how Periphery were a good band and that the only reason we all hate them is because of some conspiracy by the "elitists?"


No dipshit, I was making fun of the person who said that.




zaruyache
October 26th 2010

4853 Comments


Sucks. Stealing from struggling artists is cool I guess.

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Makemebad35
October 26th 2010

696 Comments


Really hate when people rob others. Hopefully these guys will get enough in donations.

And they are touring with DEP and then Anathema? That is pretty awesome.

kangaroopoo
October 26th 2010

3175 Comments


the thieves suck but can't argue with silentpotato's point about their Helio album and vocalist

eternium
October 26th 2010

16213 Comments


The new one will be released in a few weeks. If it's not much better the Heliocentric, then maybe this was a sign.

Vooligan
October 26th 2010

3541 Comments


Unlucky.

Still an awesome band.

erasedcitizen
October 26th 2010

716 Comments


Maybe they wouldn't have beat them in a race but they still could've followed them. Bands are so stupid nowadays.

eternium
October 26th 2010

16213 Comments


BMW was probably cranked and ready to go while their van was turned off and had a heavy trailer hooked onto it. I'm pretty sure that the BMW easily got out of their sights.

erasedcitizen
October 26th 2010

716 Comments


Anyone with a bit of sense would have known exactly what was going on before he even got to the car.

eternium
October 26th 2010

16213 Comments


You say that now, imagine if you were in a country other than your own.

erasedcitizen
October 26th 2010

716 Comments


I would probably expect robbery moreso then.

kangaroopoo
October 26th 2010

3175 Comments


Well resourced crims are cunning and great at deception and distraction. The police ID's would have put them in a state of confusion, surprise and distraction.

erasedcitizen
October 26th 2010

716 Comments


That's true, but in what country do you think it would be normal for police to snatch money from your hands and dash back to their cars?

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2010

7762 Comments


how were they supposed to know that was going to happen beforehand?

erasedcitizen
October 26th 2010

716 Comments


They weren't, but it's one of those things you act on the moment it does happen. Someone snatches six grand, you follow them, whether they're driving a Ferrari or running away on foot.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2010

7762 Comments


how can you follow them? You are in a place where you don't know your way around, and they took off in a BMW before you could even turn your van on

Josh D.
October 26th 2010

13967 Comments


[img]http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lawl9mafl21qzmowao1_500.jpg[/img]

erasedcitizen
October 26th 2010

716 Comments


How long does it take to turn on a car? At the very least they could have kept up long enough to get a plate ID.

kangaroopoo
October 26th 2010

3175 Comments


@Josh - lol

my cousin has that same breed of dog and its name is Gypsy

Josh D.
October 26th 2010

13967 Comments


Do not try to shrink me, gypsy. I serious.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2010

7762 Comments


give me your tears

Scoot
October 27th 2010

17493 Comments


this band has shit luck

kenti123
October 27th 2010

120 Comments


its a new thing now. instead of van crashing its robbing

Crimson Death
October 27th 2010

533 Comments


This sucks!!! 6k Euro from a band who's not even mainstream. Probably going to get Precambrian shirt and order the album.

Imperial
October 28th 2010

1682 Comments


that's fucking gay



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