If you’re not familiar with Being As An Ocean, let me introduce you to them via their music first. Because honestly, oh my G-d.
Meet singer Joel Quartuccio. I’m obsessed with his vocals. He looks like the guy one expects to handle unclean vocals for hardcore bands. Hang on though, because when he starts singing, *poof* mind blown. One man with many souls inside him (especially evident at 3:37), one for every mood and monster in me.
Spoken word. Clean vocals. Haunting melody. Also, meet Michael McGough, guitarist and (clean) vocalist. It should be clear that they’re not your usual metalcore screamo outfit. There is complexity to their sound and their message. It’s poetry and passion, boasting intelligent, insightful, masterfully crafted lyrics.
Being As An Ocean take their name from a quote by Mahatma Gandhi; “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” In regards their faith, they state they are “Christian people who love to write music,” but do not claim to be a Christian band.
Being As An Ocean was formed in Alpine, California in 2011. They have three LPs to their credit, Dear G-D, How We Both Wondrously Perish, and the eponymous Being as an Ocean. Catch their Louder Than Life festival appearance Sunday October 1st at 2:10 on the Zorn Stage.