During Warped Tour 2012, MEB staffer Ridge Briel had a chance to catch up with his last year’s pick for album of the year We Are The Ocean to discuss their upcoming new album Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow, the departure of vocalist Dan Brown, and what the future holds for the band.
MEB: The music you guys create is some of the most heartfelt and touching songs I’ve ever heard. What are some of the life experiences you’ve been through that you draw your lyrics from?
We Are The Ocean: Many. The new record Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow has desperation, escapism, and hope. But every song has a meaning and it all relates to something that is going on. Being in this band, there are a lot of emotions and we write stuff that someone can take and use and learn from. There is this self-belief that is at the end of it all. At the beginning of our songs, things don’t start out right, but at the end everything’s going to be fine.
To address the recent news, why is it that Dan decided to leave the band and act as the manager?
There are the clichés of musical differences, career differences, and we just had to make the best decision for the band. We are very positive about everything and we are going to continue on as a band. Sometimes there isn’t an underlying and negative reason as to why individuals leave bands, sometimes it… just happens.
How do you feel this will affect the writing of Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow?
It doesn’t affect the writing at all.
How many songs are expected to be on the new album? What lyrical topics are you going to write about?
Maybe ten? The new song we played today, “Bleed,” is about our country but can be interpreted to everyone’s countries – the greedy fat cats, the corporations, and those who are fucking everyone’s lives up.
I recently got the Nirvana cover of “Sliver.” What made you choose that song as compared to any of the other songs? What is the significance of Nirvana to you personally?
It was just for the compilation haha. That was the song we were given and we just went in and recorded it.
What was it like doing the acoustic show? How was the reception of the release? I can tell by listening to the CD that the reception at the show was stellar.
That was really fun. It was something that none of us had done before, so it was a whole new experience. It was nice to strip everything back and take each song down to its roots. All of the songs were written on acoustic guitars, so it was cool to actually show that. It was definitely challenging to come in and play a whole set of songs stripped to their core.
Would you consider playing more full acoustic shows?
Somewhat. We’ve definitely not ruled it out and it’s something to think about. For us, the acoustic show was different and people really appreciated it. It wouldn’t be something we would do often so that it would be considered “the norm.” It was fun but the energetic music is what we’re all about.
Being a band from the UK, what is it like being on Warped Tour?
So awesome! Great fun. It’s very different from any festival or tour we’ve ever done before.
What are your plans following Warped Tour?
We have some time off and then we have a headlining tour in the UK starting September 18th. It’s going to be a lot of fun because we’re going into a lot of small clubs and doing more intimate shows. That’s the sort of scene where we started out, so it’s always nice to go back to that. Then after that, we will be coming back to America and doing a tour, but we can’t say who with yet.
Any last words for the fans and the people who came to see you play since they missed out on the canceled Dance Gavin Dance tour?
Thank you all for coming out! Check out the new album when it releases in September. Rock and roll, enjoy life, and at the end of the day, you can’t be that mad.