Southern California’s own Being As An Ocean have released much-anticipated new single “Play Pretend”, and its cinematic sci-fi companion video/short film, which is certainly worth the price of admission alone. The anthemic “Play Pretend” is the first track from the band’s upcoming album, ‘Proxy: An A.N.I.M.O. Story,’ which was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer and collaborator Zakk Cervini (Blink-182, Halsey). The band has also announced a fall USA headlining tour ahead of the record, where they’ll be joined by De’Wayne Jackson and Cardiff’s Holding Absence.
‘Proxy: An A.N.I.M.O. Story’ is a bold new chapter for Being As An Ocean (vocalist Joel Quartuccio, lead guitarist Tyler Ross, rhythm guitarist Michael McGough and bassist Ralph Sica), who arrived on the scene in 2012 with their debut record, Dear G-d. Over the course of the years that followed, their unique blend of post-hardcore punch and ambient tones has racked up a staggering 85 million streams globally while playing to a rapidly growing community of diehards around the world.
‘Proxy: An A.N.I.M.O. Story’ stands as a monumental, year-long labor of love, sculpted and breathed into reality. Its inaugural single’s music video lifts the veil on a vast creative world from which the band has pulled its inspiration and artistic guidance, exposing a narrative, not unlike our own; an existence experienced through the human lens of empathy, suffering, loss, longing, regret, reconciliation, sacrifice, joy, and love.
With the release of “Play Pretend”, Being As An Ocean offers the world an invitation into an experience which mirrors the grandeur and scope of their recorded works and live performances. Being As An Ocean readily throw open the gates for listeners and fans to the inner workings of their collective creative minds and an opportunity to immerse themselves in the beginnings of a genuinely human and visceral artistic saga.”
Fans can catch BAAO performing “Play Pretend” and a mix of additional new tracks and fan favorites on their upcoming North American headlining tour, which kicks off September 19th in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale July 24th and itinerary is listed below. For additional information, click HERE.
Being As An Ocean USA headlining dates w/De’Wayne Jackson, Holding Absence:
09/19 – Los Angeles, CA @Teragram Ballroom
09/20 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
09/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red West
09/24 – Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live
09/25 – Dallas, TX @ GMBG
09/26 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Studio
09/28 – Orlando, FL @ Soundbar
09/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/01 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
10/02 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
10/03 – Montreal, QC @ Fairmount
10/04 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
10/06 – Pittsburgh, PA @Rex Theatre
10/08 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s
10/09 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
10/11 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theatre
10/12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
10/14 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
10/15 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
10/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s