Musicscan: To introduce We Are The Ocean to our readers: Where in the "process of being around as band" are you guys at present? What’s been done so far? What’s left to be done for the future?
We Are The Ocean: We released our second album – Go Now and Live – approximately a month ago, and we’re just going to making sure we get in people’s faces with it for the next year.
Musicscan: There are many genres / elements being mixed on Go Now And Live. Where would you say We Are The Ocean falls when it comes to your core sound. What artist(s) would you say would be the best reference point(s) for someone who hasn't yet heard your band?
We Are The Ocean: We’ve taken a lot more inspiration from old school rock bands on this record, but we all have such a wide and varying range of music, that ideas can come from anywhere really. We don’t want to narrow down specific songs to sound like a specific band, I think it’s really cool when you can mix a drum beat inspired from some Hip Hop songs with a hard and heavy Rock riff.
Musicscan: What drives you to create this style of crossover music? Does most of the influence come from personal experiences and moods, or from listening to similar bands?
We Are The Ocean: You can’t really explain where all your influences come from, it’s all natural, and all five of us will naturally have very different ideas just from the styles of music we grew up with. Sometimes you’ll listen to something and it’ll have a great idea you might like the notion of, but generally you don’t want to listen to a song and then go ‘I’m inspired! Let’s write a song just like it!’
Musicscan: With the sound and style that you guys have does it give you a lot more freedom when you’re going to record new material to go in a different direction and not be constrained?
We Are The Ocean: Every band wants to experiment with new ideas, and doesn’t want to feel pigeon-holed by their own sound. I think the main reason we experimented more on the second album than the first was just a confidence thing. We’d recorded an album before, so we knew what to expect, and we could enter the studio with broader minds.
Musicscan: I feel your taste in music has widened a little bit on the new album. Were there any musical elements you meant to incorporate in your music for Go Now And Live?
We Are The Ocean: The writing process of Go Now and Live was very natural, it wasn’t a case of us going ‘right, so we need a song that does this, we need a song that does that’ just to cram as many musical elements in as we could. I like to think we have broadened our music tastes over the past few years, and that we’ve experimented with a lot more musical elements than we had on Cutting our Teeth, and perhaps on the third we’ll bring even more to the table, but I don’t feel like there’s any elements we left out.
Musicscan: If you could pick one song off the new album that best exemplifies the We Are The Ocean sound, which would it be and why?
We Are The Ocean: I’d say ‘Trouble is Temporary, Time is Tonic’ reflects us quite well as a band; as a song it’s just straight in, no messing about, and a really hard-hitting song.
Musicscan: What is the writing process like for you guys? Do a lot of songs come out of jamming or are they consciously constructed from one person's idea?
We Are The Ocean: A bit of both to be honest! Generally Liam will come up with a chord progression, or a few vocal melodies, and then he’ll bring it into the studio and we’ll take it from there. We then get the basic structure and ideas together, and keep jamming it over and over, adding in ideas and rewriting the whole song. Usually the end result is so far from the original idea, but every song has to start somewhere!
Musicscan: How did you guys approach production this time around as compared to the last album?
We Are The Ocean: We spent a lot of time writing and recording countless demo’s, which we found to be a very effective process: not only did it enable us to listen back to the songs and decide which bits worked or didn’t, but we could also send this demo’s to Pete (Miles) and just be like ‘hey, here’s our ideas, this is the kind of sounds we’re going, here are the songs we’re probably going to be working on’, and that gave him an opportunity to get to grips with it all and develop some ideas before we’d even entered the studio.
Musicscan: As far as lyrical themes go, for anyone who's unfamiliar with them and We Are The Ocean, could you give us a little insight into it, please? Are there any unifying themes to the songs of We Are The Ocean?
We Are The Ocean: We never go as far as to have a concept album, different songs have different meanings, but on Go Now and Live a large quantity of the song’s lyrically depict a feeling of positivity, and appreciating what you have. For us, this relates to being so happy of our lives in the band, and how far it’s gone so far (despite some worse times), but these lyrics can be interpreted by anybody to just be happy with what they have, and to not worry about the past when the future is ahead of them. Carpe Diem.
Musicscan: Being around the scene for awhile, does it bother you when you see kids who ignore or have a different understanding of what punk or hardcore means to you?
We Are The Ocean: At the end of the day, it’s down to each individual and what they like. As a band, we don’t listen religiously to any single genre, some bands we like, some we don’t, for whatever reasons. This applies to everyone else.
Musicscan: By the way: Do you care about fitting into a certain scene or genre?
We Are The Ocean: We’ve always laughed at the countless genre’s we’ve been put into by varying reviews or interviews along the way, we’d like to just be thought of as a straight up ‘Rock’ band, no faffing about with sub-genres. As far as scenes go, we don’t want to be one of these bands that are cool for a month and then die down, music should be about music, and we’d rather be liked for that and reap the longevity of it.
Musicscan: What are your goals in terms of touring in support of the new album? What places are you eager to see or what bands are you eager to play with?
We Are The Ocean: I think we’ve broadened a lot of our horizons with this album, so now we need to make sure we explore them all. We’re still a relatively new band, and we’re only just emerging out of the UK, so we need to spend a lot of time focusing on the other territories out there: America, Australia and Europe in particular are places we aim to visit and re-visit as much as possible on this album.
Musicscan: Last words?
We Are The Ocean: If you have listened to us, and checked our our new album, thank you so much. If you haven’t, why not?