Exclusive Premiere: Hydra Melody — "Oceans"

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Oceans," a new track by San Antonio-based Hydra Melody. The track is from the band's still-untitled full-length album, which will be released this summer.

"'Oceans' is the first song we've recorded that wasn't already 90 percent done going into the studio," says Jordan Berlanga, the band's singer and guitarist. "The uncertainty in the approach and direction really helped us capture music that paints a picture for the lyrics. That's really what the song is all about; embracing your uncertainty and being open to the obstacles of life."

Hydra Melody's complete lineup is Jordan Berlanga (lead vocals/guitar), Jason Harari (bass/vocals), Justin Berlanga (keyboard/vocals),Matt Gomez (drums), Manny Prince (percussion/congas) and Taylor Ferguson (lead guitar).

The band had a busy 2012; they played the CMJ Music Marathon and opened for Every Avenue, The Early November, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Minus The Bear and The Toadies. This week, they have five showcases lined up for SXSW.

For more about Hydra Melody, check out their official website and Facebook page.

Upcoming Hydra Melody Shows

  • 3/13 - Austin, TX - Jivewired Showcase @ 311 Club (SXSW)
  • 3/14 - Austin, TX - AEMMP Records Showcase @ Bat Bar (SXSW)
  • 3/14 - Austin, TX - Dejaset Showcase @ Hyde Park Grill (SXSW)
  • 3/15 - Austin, TX - Eye In The Sky Showcase @ Shiner's Saloon (SXSW)
  • 3/16 - Austin, TX - Tinderbox Music Showcase @ The Dizzy Rooser (SXSW)
  • 4/5 - Helotes, TX @ Josabi's

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.