Hi there readers!
Thank you very much for reading my poems, essays and other works. Today, marks the day in which I garnered 500 visitors for this blog. It might not be much for some of you veteran bloggers, but it’s a great milestone for me. It seems like yesterday I wasn’t even aware on how to actually blog, and yet now I’m almost doing it on a daily basis. Bottomline, I’m happy with what I’m doing, and for as long as I get a single view daily, I’ll keep doing it.
Anyway, as thanks, I would like to start a segment in my blog called Soundcheck Sundays. (Not just as thanks. I actually planned to this all along. hihihi. Wait, did I just type that?)
What do I mean by Soundcheck Sundays? Well, we will be checking out sounds, of course. Sounds are great ways to inspire us to write our own piece. Like the chirpping of the birds.. but what I mean about ‘sounds’ here is music. Aside from inspiration, music is a great way to lighten our moods or boost our emotions. Bottomline is: music is a necessity to human life. Therefore, I , together with other minds, will help you discover new songs weekly.
Every sunday, I’ll feature a non-mainstream band or artist from any genre, and shed a piece of my brain while doing so (not literally though, I heard that’s dangerous and can cause permanent brain dam.. ahh, anyway).
So, to start off, let me feature the first band for “Souncheck Sundays”:
Introducing, the American band from Alpine, California. Give it up for:
“Being As An Ocean”
Being As An Ocean formed in 2011. They started when Tyler Ross, Ralph Sica , Joel Quartuccio , and Shad Hamawe left their previous band, Vanguard, in search of a new sound.
Current lineup (in order with the photo) :
- Michael McGough – Vocals , Rhythm Guitar
- Joel Quartuccio – Vocals
- Tyler Ross – Lead Guitars
- Ralph Sica – Bass
- Jesse Shelley – Drums (not on the photo)
They are currently signed with Equal Vision Records, and this band is indeed rising quickly and is starting to have a very solid die-hard fanbase (which includes me, of course).
Just a little heads up, Being As An Ocean is a melodic hardcore/post-hardcore band. Which means, they have a lot of screams on their songs. So to those of you who don’t like screams or hardcore stuff, you might wanna tread lightly. But wait, this band isn’t your ordinary post-hardcore band. This band gives you the #feels like no other. So if you haven’t listened to a single post-hardcore band but are curious and would want to explore, then I actually believe BAAO is the right band to start with.
Musical style – As I’ve said this band is a melodic hardcore band, they incorporate screams to their songs as well as heavy sounds and riffs. But I would like to label the sound of this band as “poetrycore”. Why? Their lyrics are not your ordinary hardcore lyrics, they’re very poetic and moving. They offer raw emotions at the table, even a grown man would shed a tear listening to their songs. They even add spoken words to most of their songs.
If you don’t get a little bit moved after listening to a BAAO song, then you have to doubt yourself if you are actually human. It’s much better to hear it for yourself than take my word for it, right?
So, let’s start slow, shall we? start of with this song:
“The Sea Always Seems To Put Me At Ease”
So did you like what you heard? Pretty cool, huh?
Oh did I forget to mention that they’re a Christian band? Nevertheless, If you’re not a christian, I doubt you would mind, because this band is still beautiful. But if you insist, let’s move on to a song that’s less christian-ly. A little heads up, it’s about to get heavier.
“The Hardest Part is Forgetting Those You Swore You Would Never Forget”
Talk about a hard-hitting title and even harder-hitting lyrics. Hear it out:
Just listen to the lyrics. If that didn’t move you, then perhaps this really isn’t your boat (or your ocean). But wait there’s more, here comes my favorite song from these guys.
“Death’s Great Black Wing Scrapes The Air”
If that didn’t move you enough, just check out the entire lyrics here: Lyrics for Death’s Great Black Wing . The lyrics, melody and instruments were enough explanation as to why this is one hell of a song. (or heaven, but we rarely say one heaven of a song, right?)
To end this weeks segment, I’ll end with their latest single, and still quite a gem:
This is their first song after signing with Equal Vision Records (they were formerly from InVogue Records)
Other noteworthy songs
- Little Richie
- Dear G-d (nope, that’s not a typo)
- This Loneliness Won’t Be the Death of Me
- Nothing Save The Power They’re Given
So there you have it. Being As An Ocean. A band that offers alternating calmness like the calm seas on a sunny day, and angst like an ocean amidst a storm.
That’s it for this week’s Soundcheck Sundays.
So it’s time for me to ask you questions: What do you think about Being As An Ocean? What band/artist do you want me to listen to and feature next week? And what is your overall taste for music? What other elements can I add to ‘Souncheck Sundays’? Drop your answers in the comment box below or email it to me (Contact), and I might feature your blog next week.
Thank you very much, and keep in touch for more poems, write-ups and ‘soundchecks’. Have a great week! 🙂
You might also want to check out my tribute poem to the late Muhammad Ali: The King Is Dead – A Tribute To Ali