Being As An Ocean first emerged from the mountainous areas of San Diego County and has since fashioned an immersive experience with every performance, wrenching catharsis from post-hardcore and ambient excursions. Now, Being As An Ocean have excitedly shared cinematic new track Play Pretend taken from PROXY: An A.N.I.M.O Story, their newly announced album set for release 13th September this year.
Play Pretend combines huge choruses, anthemic hooks and crushing riffs that are perfectly accompanied by waves of electronic ambience, soundtracking the aftermath of a nuclear World War: which is where the story begins. PROXY: An A.N.I.M.O. Story is a creative milestone for Being As An Ocean with a body of work that careens between rousing anthems and philosophical wonderment. It packs the personal and thematic punch Joel Quartuccio, Being As An Ocean’s vocalist, made his calling card while indulging a new collaborative process which is miles ahead of where Being As An Ocean’s started.
Joel Quartuccio shares “As we all grow older, our lust for life and its abundant experiences start to wain as we succumb mentally and emotionally to life’s responsibilities, struggles and obstacles. So often we fixate on the violent tossing and instability that comes from enduring the rapids of life instead of stepping back in our perspective and seeing it instead as a season, another valuable opportunity to strengthen our spirits or souls in a time of reflection and examination, knowing that the storm will indeed pass eventually. If we can continue to have faith in the processes of life and remember that we have lived through hardships before and come out the other side stronger, then we can learn to welcome the challenges, as tools and potential for personal growth. Our strength is found in weakness. This song was an opportunity for us, both as a band and for myself personally, to be reminded of this and resolve, through action, to continue changing our negatives in life into positives.”
Watch the video for Play Pretend below: Warning! This video contains scenes of ritualistic drug use and violence. We advise that viewer’s watch at their own discretion.
With a strong cinematic intent, PROXY: An A.N.I.M.O Story takes both band and audience deeper into an infinitely unfolding saga and ushers in a bold new chapter, free from preconceptions and eagerly embracing the unwritten future. The passion of the band’s formidable past remains a dependable constant, arresting in its urgent delivery and authenticity. The energy pulsing through PROXY flows from the same source that built a dedicated community around Being As An Ocean’s first four albums, but its scope is bigger, somehow both more cerebral and more soulful.