How We Both Wondrously Perish by Being As An Ocean on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Moving beyond mere angst and anguish, this Southern California quintet turn their sophomore album into a compelling exploration of faith, suffering, and acceptance. Lead singer Joel Quartuccio’s formidable presence finds a welcome complement in the clean vocals of newly recruited guitarist/singer Michael McGough. The two of them keep the music teetering between tragedy and triumph, underscoring the spiritual struggles at the album's heart. Perish is a work of stark, often violent contrasts, heard in the dynamic shifts and seething textures of “Death’s Great Black Wing Scrapes the Air,” “We Drag the Dead on Leashes,” and similar tracks. “L’exquisite Douleur” is particularly arresting in its explosive drumwork and eerily distant gang vocals. As before, Quartuccio’s manic bellows and commanding spoken-word interludes bring a depth of humanity to BAAO that goes beyond typical post-hardcore releases. On “Mothers,” he confronts the painful last days of a parent with an unflinching honesty that’s ultimately heroic. The austere, electronica-tinged beauty of “Natures” brings the album to a close, reaffirming its message of hard-won redemption.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Moving beyond mere angst and anguish, this Southern California quintet turn their sophomore album into a compelling exploration of faith, suffering, and acceptance. Lead singer Joel Quartuccio’s formidable presence finds a welcome complement in the clean vocals of newly recruited guitarist/singer Michael McGough. The two of them keep the music teetering between tragedy and triumph, underscoring the spiritual struggles at the album's heart. Perish is a work of stark, often violent contrasts, heard in the dynamic shifts and seething textures of “Death’s Great Black Wing Scrapes the Air,” “We Drag the Dead on Leashes,” and similar tracks. “L’exquisite Douleur” is particularly arresting in its explosive drumwork and eerily distant gang vocals. As before, Quartuccio’s manic bellows and commanding spoken-word interludes bring a depth of humanity to BAAO that goes beyond typical post-hardcore releases. On “Mothers,” he confronts the painful last days of a parent with an unflinching honesty that’s ultimately heroic. The austere, electronica-tinged beauty of “Natures” brings the album to a close, reaffirming its message of hard-won redemption.

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About Being As An Ocean

Formed in 2011, Being as an Ocean are a post-hardcore band with a melodic and plaintive sound punctuated by outbursts of aggression. Based out of Alpine, California, the band, initially made up of singer Joel Quartuccio, guitarists Tyler Ross and Jacob Prest, bassist Ralph Sica, and drummer Shad Hamawe, developed a sound that merged a drifting, melodic hardcore with Quartuccio's harsh vocals, creating an interesting dynamic between the singer and the rest of the band. They debuted their sound on 2012's Dear G-d, which saw a release on InVogue Records. In 2013, the band parted ways with Prest and Hamawe, who had begun to grow tired of life on the road, replacing them with guitarist Michael McGough and drummer Connor Denis. On top of handling guitar duties, McGough also provided the band with a clean vocalist, expanding the band's tool set and offsetting Quartuccio's anguished vocals with something more soaring. The band debuted their new members on their sophomore album, 2014's How We Both Wondrously Perish, which launched the band onto the Billboard 200. In May of the following year the band released the first single, "Little Richie," from their forthcoming eponymous third album, which dropped later that June. ~ Gregory Heaney

  • ORIGIN
    Alpine, CA
  • FORMED
    2011

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