WATCH: Ryan Zarra’s latest St. Pete Beat video feat. Oceana
For a while, detractors of St. Petersburg would often refer to The ‘Burg as “Death’s Waiting Room,” a slow town where our grandfathers and grandmothers waited it out before their better days came. Well, it seems as if St. Pete’s reputation as an ol’ blue-hair haven may finally be over. The 600 Block recently hosted one of the most successful homegrown music festival’s in recent history – Antiwarpt – and there are now at least a handful of fresh-faced new bloods are creating an art scene the begs to be heard and seen.
Ryan Zarra is just one of the cogs to this brand new machine. The kid can’t be more than 20-something-years-old, but he’s already put more than a dozen candid musical performances to tape as a part of his St. Pete Beat series, which showcases local musicians. SubAp! has posted a session from Set and Setting (who will be debuting a new song, “Trails,” on this here website next week), and now – streaming below – is the latest installment of Zarra’s film series, which features Oceana performing “Barracuda Capitol of the World.”
The band formed in 2007 before disbanding in June 2009, but have since regrouped and recorded new material. The track comes from their latest EP – Cleanhead – and was recorded live at the 2011 edition of the Circus Surreal Festival.
Check out more of Zarra’s work here or head out to Ramblin’ Rose Upcyle on August 26 for the premiere of his collaborative short film with Emily Miller titled. “Puke Your Heart Out.” Young Egypt, Michael Christmas, Jeff Van Zandt, and Stoic will be providing some tunes and admission price is up to you (aka donations, buddy). More information on the premiere can be had here. Check out that clip below.