OZRIC TENTACLES formed in 1982 when Joie Hinton met up with Ed Wynne, Roly, Tig (Nick Van Gelder) and Gavin. After a session discussing imaginary breakfast cereals around a Stonehenge festival campfire, the band became OZRIC TENTACLES
OZRIC TENTACLES are simply put, legends of the UK underground. Inspired by a myriad of music and musicians from Kraut-rockers Kraan to guitar maestro Steve Vai, from ethnic Arabic to electronic techno, from Hendrix to Hillage. OZRIC TENTACLES'^ music is a fusion of sounds, styles and genres that cannot be categorised nor plagiarised, such is its complexity.
The essence of the OZRIC TENTACLES remains essentially a free-willed musical unit oblivious to fashion trends and intent on exploring instrumental experimental music with an obsessive zeal. Formed in the early eighties, the Ozrics began life as a free-form psychedelic vehicle for jamming, attracting a dedicated fan-base at grassroots level by playing at all the free festivals to fans of space-rock, dub, psychedelia, and later on when the festivals had developed into raves, to fans of house and techno. Having then developed their own cottage industry - studio, label, tour bus, dedicated following - the Ozrics eventually achieved top ten album status in the UK with their 1993 album "Jurassic Shift". It was, and still is, an astonishing accomplishment for a band with no celebrity status, and no major record label backing.
it is a tribute to this band that they have been able to release a vast body of music that is both complex and fascinating in its scope and vision.