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.