Sunday 27 January 2013

We Are The Ocean // February 2013 Tour Preview

We Are The Ocean had an incredible 2012 and 2013 is only set to get better. The departure of vocalist Dan Brown saw the band return as a four-piece, with a brand new album, a sold out tour and appearing stronger than ever. 

The boys are back on the road next week as their headline tour begins. And playing bigger venues this time round expect a bigger and better show. Want to know where you can catch the tour, buy tickets and find out who's supporting? Click below...

We'll see you at the front
For tickets click HERE

We caught up with the guys back in September to chat about the new record, the progression of the band, oh and Lord Of The Rings soundtrack.  Read the highlights below...

To fans who don’t see you as the same band, I guess every band progresses and changes and it’s about thinking forwards and the old records are still there to be enjoyed? Is that how you see it with Dan leaving?
TOM [Whittaker, drums]-  I think we’re still the same band, and still playing a lot of our older material. Kids can still come to the shows and hear the songs that they’ve heard before.
JACK [Spence, bass]- I mean I think there was more of a jump from out first to second album. The first album was kind of us finding our feet and was a lot heavier. The second one we found our sound a bit more. So the transition between the second and this one has been less noticeable and natural I think, even with Dan leaving. I don’t see why anyone that doesn’t like the second album wouldn’t like the third. It feels like more of a natural progression.

Working on the album this time around; did you go about the writing/recording process differently?
T- It was a bit longer.
J- We are slowly becoming perfectionists as opposed to “that’ll do”. 
T- A lot of the songs we re-wrote and re-worked.
J- It’s always really been the four of us though.
T- We just wanted to make it all flow and for us to be happy with every part of it, whereas in the past we’ve kind of settled.
J- Usually we are on quite a tight time limit, especially between touring it’s harder to get into the writing persona. But, with this album we started writing straight after the second album so we had enough time.  

The title “Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow”- what’s the meaning behind that?
T- I think it’s about kind of s**t happens, but it kind of doesn’t matter because tomorrow’s a new day.
J- A lot of songs on the album start with a negative vibe and then by the last chorus-bridge it picks up to a positive note at the end and generally it’s quite a positive album. So yeah, the title just summed up that it doesn’t matter what today brings, tomorrow will be better, you can begin again. I liked “S**t happened, but it gets better”, that’s what I wanted to call it [laughing].

And finally, what have you guys been listening to that we should check out?
[Both laughing]
J- The worst!
T- This song by The Lonely Island
J- No, don’t say that.
T- “Jack Sparrow” is the song
J- They’re a parody band
T- Basically when we put that song on in the van Liam [Crosby, vocals] just doesn’t stop laughing.
J- But…credible music; Of Monsters & Men is the tour tune which we’re over playing, but generally we listen to lots of, I’m going to call it “dad rock”; Beatles, Toto, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac….Lord of The Rings soundtrack driving through Buxton.
T- Jurassic Park soundtrack, loving it!

You guys are just too cool!
J- We know [laughing]
T- Don’t tell people this
J- Yeah, can you just say the credible ones, like the Beatles

[So, if you hear We Are The Ocean debuting a new repertoire of songs on their February tour [taken namely from Lord Of The Rings, Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters soundtracks] you can credit us, as it was our suggestion! No, really! haha]

To read the interview in full and see what you can expect from the band's live show, click HERE

The latest album "Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow" is out now