LIVE: Being As An Ocean @ Sound Control, Manchester (17/09/2013)

Date: September 17th, 2013
Venue: Sound Control, Manchester
Support: Home Ties / Capsize / The Elijah
Website: None available


California’s Being As An Ocean are a band that have seen a huge surge in popularity over in the UK since the release of last year’s debut, ‘Dear G-d…’. Finally back over on our shores for a headline tour run of their own, the almost filled Sound Control venue at the Manchester date is a sign of things to come for BAAO‘s future.

Before getting onto the main attraction, local newbies Home Ties (***) show great potential for a band who are still very much in the early stages of the band’s infancy, existing only since last month. With only a 4-track EP to their name, the Mancunian hardcore boys stick strictly to this and, though they’re clearly finding their feet, there could be something worth biting into here in the future.

The slightly more experienced Capsize (**), however, deliver a much more one dimensional set. Though their efforts to get the crowd more involved and to move more to what they have to offer for their 30 minutes on stage. Maybe it’s the lack of crowd involvement which impacts the overall feel of the set, but ultimately everything just comes across a little too limited.

Now on their last ever tour of the UK, progressive heavy hitters The Elijah (****) aren’t quite as active of a bunch than the earlier support acts, but their music doesn’t really require it. Things are far more thought out, more intelligent and though their choice of a projector of images to coincide with the likes of ‘I Loved’ is mostly covered by the band and/or their equipment, it certainly adds a certain something you don’t see with most bands. It’s a shame that this will be the last time that Manchester will see The Elijah stopping by.

Once Being As An Ocean (****) take to the stage, the crowd finally decide to become a part of the gig. Frontman Joel Quartuccio spends more time in the midst of the band’s fans than he does on the stage, screaming alongside them to the likes of ‘The Hardest Part Is Forgetting Those You Swore You Would Never Forget’. From then on there follows multiple crowd surfers, including one guy who decides to swing from some of the light railings. It’s the call for encore, the shoutout for the birthday of a fan and the continuing thanks from the band, clearly sincere, that truly imprints the dedication of this band’s fanbase and the band right back to them. BAAO forthcoming growth is a certainty.

Written by Zach Redrup