Genre: Post Hardcore
We Are the Ocean are a 5 piece post-hardcore band from London and Harlow, Essex, England. The band has played hundreds of shows since their formation, including several festivals during 2008 such as Slam Dunk, Offset Festival, Middlesbrough Music Live, and Taste Of Chaos. They have supported bands such as You Me At Six, The Used, The Blackout, Fightstar, Funeral For A Friend and My American Heart, as well as playing alongside From First To Last, The Medic Droid, Brigade, Saving Aimee, Tonight Is Goodbye and Furthest Drive Home. They embarked on a 24 day show headline tour in January and February 2009, selling out most venues.
The band was originally known as Dead But Still Dreaming with Dan Brown and four others. Jack Spence joined after the band lost their original bassist. After a while the band broke apart, but Dan and Jack carried on searching for new members during this time. They had formed a full line-up again by 2007 with Liam Cromby and Tom Whittaker, and still under the original name of Dead But Still Dreaming. After a while, the band lost their lead guitarist, James Clothier, who was eventually replaced by Rickie Bloom and then Alfie Scully. Shortly after the creation of this solid band line-up, the band decided on a new start with the name We Are The Ocean.
The band quickly shot to prominence thanks mainly to MySpace and were nominated for Kerrang! Best British Newcomer and voted K! Readers Poll 2nd best unsigned UK band. They released their debut EP entitled We Are the Ocean in 2008, selling all 1000 copies in 1 day.
Over the summer months from May through to September, We Are the Ocean are due to play many festivals and gigs, the highlights include playing The Bamboozle festival in New Jersey, USA, one of the largest Pop Punk/Post-Hardcore festivals in the world, and one that very few British bands have been invited to play, playing the 2009 Download Festival, playing alongside Attack! Attack! and You Me At Six at Guilfest and playing alongside Go:Audio and Attack! Attack! at Butserfest.
We Are the Ocean started writing material for their debut album around December 2008, the album is being produced by Brian McTernan at Salad Days Studio in Baltimore, USA. They were originally aiming for a Summer 2009 release but for unknown reasons the album has been pushed back to November, then pushed back again to 25 January and finally pushed back to February 1st 2010. According to the band’s MySpace, their new album will be entitled Cutting Our Teeth and they are in the stages of finalising the album. They also plan to do another UK tour around the date of the albums release, starting at the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth, on 16 November.
We Are The Ocean are set to tour with The Amity Affliction on their “Stairway To Hell” Australian Tour in October 2009. The Amity Affliction will headline with support from We Are The Ocean, Hopeless and Hand of Mercy; playing shows across; Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. In late September they uploaded a new song onto their MySpace entitled “These Days, I Have Nothing”. On 19 October the band signed to Hassle Records, and also announced their sophomore EP, Look Alive, which will be released 16 November 2009. We Are The Ocean have been announced as a support act for Lostprophets’ 2010 tour.
* Dan Brown – screaming vocals
* Liam Cromby – clean vocals, rhythm guitar
* Alfie Scully – lead guitar
* Jack Spence – bass guitar
* Tom Whittaker – drums