LIVE: We Are The Ocean @ The Sugarmill, Stoke (19/01/2009)

Date: January 19th, 2009
Venue: The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
Support: My Emergency!, Young Guns
Website: None available


In the world of music, some stars grab the spotlight and gather the attention much faster than others, and one example of such an achievement would be We Are The Ocean. Having only one EP release of seven tracks under their belts, the London quintet kick off 2009 with a 24 date headlining tour across the UK.

Opening act for the Stoke date My Emergency! (**) don’t bring the best start to the night, delivering a pop-punk style similar to that of You Me At Six but lacking the flare and core to pull it off for a decent amount of musical entertainment. As a plus side though, the band do try and keep themselves moving onstage, but doesn’t quite make up for the lacking musical quality.

Young Guns (****) on the other hand seem to have a similar approach, but this time around they bring along everything the previous act lacked. Their pop-punk/pop-rock sound easily wins over the spectators, potentially winning over members of the crowd who wouldn’t have heard of the band otherwise. The boys even manage to spark up a few small mosh pits and small wall of death, showing promise that this band might just go somewhere better in a few months time.

Though despite their success, We Are The Ocean (*****) just blow them straight out of the water in all areas of any entertaining musical performance. They have the power, presence, and prowess visually along with forceful and energetic music to emit the amount of carnage in the crowd that they do. Numbers like ‘I’ve Never Felt This Damn Good’ receive great crowd participation like their songs were radio-infecting chart-stompers. Even lead vocalist Dan Brown gets involved in some of the action, running off the stage, and climbing and swinging across the venue’s bar like a mad man during ‘Ready For The Fall’, and pointing the microphone into the audience whilst they chant “Beautiful, she’s had her way / Now I’m ready for the fall”, like this band were hugely popular. Things turn up a notch or two when it comes to the band’s closer, ‘Nothing Good Has Happened Yet’. The madness and brutal crowd escalates in so many levels, giving the band a good send-off for what will undoubtedly be a fantastic year for them.

Written by Zach Redrup
Photo taken by Michael Lloyd – 2009 ©

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