PLATTSBURGH - Motion of the Ocean is making some waves.
The alternative rock and metal band - which consists of Stacey Senecal on vocals, Travis Lautenschuetz and Adam Bruno on guitar, Joey Gillespie on drums and vocals, and Bryan Lacy on bass - formed in late 2009. Lautenschuetz had been recording with Bruno's old band, and both became interested in forming a band together.
"So, when Adam's band disbanded, we got down to business and just tried finding the best group of musicians that we could find," said Lautenschuetz.
The first step was finding a drummer. After going through a few people, Lautenschuetz suggested an old friend, Joey Gillespie, who he went to high school with.
"When we first got together and jammed, we clicked instantly," Lautenschuetz said.
The next step was to find a bassist. Gillespie suggested his cousin, Bryan Lacy, to fill in on bass.
"I said to Joey that we could try him out, and once again we clicked," said Lautenschuetz.
All that was left was to find a vocalist. Though the original plan was for Bruno to take on the task, he wasn't what the band envisioned and the search was on to bring in someone else.
That person was Stacey Senecal.
"The majority of the local music scene consisted of male vocalists, and we knew right from the start that we wanted to separate ourselves from other bands up here," said Lautenschuetz. "We tried her out, and at the first practice we knew that we wanted to keep her, and so we did."
The band's first show was last November at the Oraja Hooka Lounge on Brinkerhoff Street, just weeks before it closed.
"I will never forget it," said Lautenschuetz. "The place was packed full front to back and you could barely move."
Since then, the band has developed a large fan base through shows in the city at Olive Ridley's and Coffee Camp, Cocktails in Morrisonville and various basement shows around the North Country.
March was an especially good month for Motion of the Ocean. That was when the band took first place at the Olive Ridley's Rockin' Ridley's Battle of the Bands competition. It was also when the band released their self-produced debut album, "Page Drive," featuring five original songs.
They've kept the momentum going by booking shows like ones at this year's Relay for Life, Clinton County Fair and at Higher Ground in Burlington, Vt.
"It feels great to know that you're playing on a stage where so many great musicians have played," Lautenschuetz said of Higher Ground. "Both national and international acts have passed through those doors, and it's really an awesome feeling."
The band's many musical influences - which include Rise Against, Rage Against the Machine Slipknot, A Day to Remember, and Epica, among others - is what Senecal said leads them to play"such a wide variety of music that its hard to stand by one genre."
"What I love the most about [Motion of the Ocean] is that we can play with both sides of the local spectrum," she said. "From black and death metal to hardcore to pop rock, we have a song that fits each. We like to focus on the heavy stuff mostly."
"I think what sets us apart is our ability to do anything we set our mind to," she added.
(Editor's Note: Motion of the Ocean will be playing this Friday, June 4, at Coffee Camp on Margaret Street. The show begins at 7 p.m. and include performances from Sink or Swim and Bright Light Motion. The cost is $5 at the door. Check out the band on Facebook, MySpace and YouTube by searching keyword "Motion of the Ocean." The band will also perform at this year's Relay for Life at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Morrisonville June 18-19.)