Last week saw the release of the new We Are The Ocean album, Ark, that was both the longest awaited of the band’s work, and their best to date. Last Saturday the band set out on tour with impressive Twin Wild in tow as main support, until Friday’s finale at London’s Electric Ballroom. This weekend also sees the rock four-piece play across Slam Dunk’s three dates, and from last night’s show at Nottingham’s Red Rooms, the crowd will be in for a treat.
With no hesitation, the band were quick to leap into the second off the new record, I Wanna Be, and the packed crowd were equally quick to respond with cheers and clapping to welcome the next track, another newbie, Do It Together. It’s encouraging to see how well this fresh work has transferred from record to live show – take the attention to detail in Hope You’re Well, the funky, jesty vibe of Good For You or the attitude in Ark. We praised the track with highlighting over the James Bond theme that hummed in its backing, but the live show saw this almost entirely stripped band with a rockier edge elbowing its way to the centre of attention.
The band’s most recent single, whose video was released today (below), Holy Fire also showed its face in the set, with Liam Cromby’s vocals soaring over the eager crowd. Alongside all these new works were a couple of golden oldies from the band’s earlier albums, stand outs being The Road (Run For Miles) and The Waiting Room, which both received as huge reactions as the did at the band’s show last month supporting Lower Than Atlantis downstairs in the same venue.
On the softer side of the show came Confessions and compassionate Chin Up, Son, but the acoustic ballad didn’t begin before an audience member announced she had the lyrics tattooed on her leg, and Cromby’s reply was one flooded with genuine affection. Young Heart evoked a sing along whilst closing Bleed resulted in the beginnings of a mosh pit – I doubt I was the only one disappointed in the subsequent lack of encore.
Though the set consisted of a vigorous amount of head bobbing, it very much felt like the band needed more space to really rock out to the extent they wanted to. Among so many generic radio-ready rock bands that pose under the guise of prog rock, We Are The Ocean restore faith in the energy and originality of the genre, and showing how much they love it in every second of their show.