Trimmed down to a four-piece, We Are The Ocean changed their sound and traded in their post-hardcore antics for a more poppy approach and end up playing rock songs that are written with arenas in mind.
The piano-driven intro that is “Stanford Rivers” made me curious and the all out rocking “Bleed” got me excited. After that these UK youngsters unfortunately lose themselves in middle of the road tunes like “Pass Me By” and the title track and generally made things a whole lot less exciting. It all sounds decent enough but so incredibly safe… painting by numbers might be okay when you’re six but when you’re all grown up and just finished your third album, I think it’s fair enough that more is expected of you.
Lacking the talent to actually play in a band, Tom decided he would write about bands instead. Turns out his writing skills are mediocre at best as well.