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We Are The Ocean - Cutting Our Teeth

Essex hardcore lot do good.

Released 9 Feb 2010 // By Phill May // Rating: 4/5
We Are The Ocean - Cutting Our Teeth

Creating a hell of a stir in the UK, We Are The Ocean are primed for a fantastic 2010 thanks to the release of this first album. It may have been a delayed release, originally scheduled for last summer, but their momentum won’t be damaged thanks to the fact they’ve been touring their arses off with the likes of Thrice, Flood Of Red and – from next month – Madina Lake.

The wait, however, has proven worth it. Living up to the hype? It happens. So do they come with something new and original for us? Something to shatter the mould and reinvent the wheel? No. They don’t. In fact what they do is generic, it’s been done before many times. But the lack of surprises proves the biggest surprise, because despite that, 'Cutting Our Teeth' is excellent.

Alexisonfire, Underoath, Saosin. There's many bands you can compare WATO to. But while this loud/quiet dynamic path may be well worn, there's a reason for it, and when it’s done well who gives a shit about comparisons. It only makes you hope the bands tour together. ‘Look Alive’ explodes out of the blocks with melodic guitar and urgent yells, before the melodic chorus comes in on queue. It may be predictable, but fuck it feels good to sing along with it. This is a modus operandi that crops up across these nine tracks - the lack of originality countered fully by the fact the band have put together such cracking songs. ‘These Days, I Have Nothing’ is a blistering number so memorable you won’t care it could have been lifted straight from Alexisonfire’s last record. ‘Confessions’ opens slower with the kind of crooning you could find on an Alter Bridge power ballad, but craft some variety of pace to the album with the competence of a band on their third album, not their debut.

Anyone who likes the aforementioned bands will know all too well how overpopulated the scene is, but when a band comes along with the chops and – more importantly – the quality of We Are The Ocean, it makes wading through the tidal waves of identikit bands so very worth it. You have heard it all before, but it’s been a long long time since you’ll have heard it done so well.