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 our story begins.
PROXY: An A.N.I.M.O. Story is a creative milestone for the band with a body of work that careens between rousing anthems and philosophical wonderment.
It packs the personal and thematic punch vocalist Joel Quartuccio has made his calling card while indulging a new collaborative process which is miles ahead from Being As An Ocean’s start.
“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,” said Quartuccio.
“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.”
Wondrously cinematic, taking both band and audience deeper into an infinitely unfolding saga, PROXY: An A.N.I.M.O. Story is the sound of a reinvigorated entity, ushering 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 it’s scope bigger, somehow both more cerebral and more soulful.
Grammy-nominated producer and collaborator Zakk Cervini (Blink-182, Poppy, Halsey) helped the band to build songs from the ground up, together in the studio, starting with 2018’s “Alone,” which emerged in just 12 hours. This new process carried forward into the making of PROXY. Each song sprang from the collective. Nothing was considered finished until everyone shared enthusiasm and satisfaction in the results.
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 punch and ambient excursions. It’s an approach that commands a crowd from the massive festival stages; co-headlining with Counterparts; headlining Europe’s Impericon Never Say Die!
With a steadily building catalogue of moody anthems and textured epics that have earned them over 85 million global streams, Being As An Ocean is that rare heavy entity that offers a full experience for the head and the heart. Embracing vibe and spirit over precision and safety, BAAO stokes the embers that first drove them to make music into a raging inferno of sound and emotion.