Release Date: Sep 18, 2012
Record label: Hassle
Review Summary: "BIG CALL" ALERT: Is Liam Cromby now the world's best rock vocalist?It had to happen... Recent precedent suggested that it was just a matter of time. More than that; precedent which hit close to home - both literally and figuratively. It is fair to state that it has not been a great period for dual vocalist post-hardcore bands looking to diversify their sound towards alt-rock territory.
Following the departure of screamcore vocalist Dan Brown, who made the unusual move from frontman to band manager after admitting his talents lay best elsewhere, there were understandable concerns about the future of Kerrang! poster boys We Are the Ocean. As it goes, his decision to step down has turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to them. Indeed, if You Me at Six thought they had the whole melodic teenage angst-rock market sewn up, then the Essex quartet's third album, Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow, should have them peering nervously over their shoulders.
When most bands ditch their longtime singer, it’s usually the beginning of a long, horribly tedious spell of social-media sniping and a ropy new direction that no-one cares for very much. If you’re Essex’s We Are The Ocean, however, and you’ve sent your singer upstairs to become your manager, it pleasingly signals the arrival of your first great album. Now trimmed down to a four-piece, We Are The Ocean’s third is a record full of lean, muscular rock and sees a band who were once regarded as sub-You Me At Six also-rans, deliver an undeniably stonking LP full of catchy choruses and chunky riffs.
Following the shock-exit of vocalist Dan Brown at the beginning of summer, many questions surrounding the execution of We Are The Ocean’s third album reared their head. A mix of anticipation and trepidation seemed high, yet any panic surrounding ‘Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow’ proved futile. Opening with the delicate piano prelude ‘Stanford Rivers’, We Are The Ocean kick the album into gear as the bouncing riff and vocals of ‘Bleed’ takes precedence.
Essex boys come of age with a solid rock record. Alistair Lawrence 2012 When We Are the Ocean parted company with their co-lead vocalist Dan Brown back in June, there wasn’t enough time to speculate about what it meant for their prospects. The lead single to this album, Bleed, was hastily re-recorded and bagged them a significant amount of airplay, threatening to become their biggest hit to date.
Losing a half of a two-headed frontman is tough. Taking a stylistic left-turn under the same moniker that a band built their fan base under is a big risk. Trying do both at the same time is an unenviable (and inadvisable) task, but that’s exactly what We Are The Ocean have done with their third full-length, Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow.