We Are The Ocean - Go Now And Live
Released April 25, 2011 via Hassle | Rating: 4/5 | By Sarah Cakebread
The melodic darlings from Essex are back with a brand new direction and sound that positions them as far as suitably possible from previous comparisons and debut ‘Cutting Our Teeth’. Single ‘What It Feels Like’ is undoubtedly catchy and in fact the rest of the album is somewhat radio-friendly. But this is by no means a bad thing. Much like their peers The Blackout and Young Guns, WATO have found a niche for themselves as easy-listening rock for the masses, but still with enough edge for the aurally heavier-inclined of us. With a hint of The Loved Ones and a gruff punk influence throughout the record that will appeal to disbelievers, not to mention the undeniable uplifting power of vocalist Dan that endeared them to listeners in the first place, this is an album to be reckoned with. ‘Overtime Is A Crime’ is a powerhouse of a track that screeches its way through rip-roaring riffs reminiscent of The Bronx, while ‘Runaway’ is a sweet and thoughtful track that lies stylistically closer to Taking Back Sunday. This entire follow-up album demonstrates perfectly that WATO are diverse and uniquely talented in their own right and actually nothing like that-band-they-were-previously-compared-to. Catch them on their headline tour this year and hear the magic for yourself.