We Are The Ocean – ‘Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow’

A surprising triumph, full of catchy choruses and chunky riffs

When most bands ditch their longtime singer, it’s usually the beginning of a long, horribly tedious spell of social-media sniping and a ropy new direction that no-one cares for very much. If you’re Essex’s We Are The Ocean, however, and you’ve sent your singer upstairs to become your manager, it pleasingly signals the arrival of your first great album. Now trimmed down to a four-piece, We Are The Ocean’s third is a record full of lean, muscular rock and sees a band who were once regarded as sub-You Me At Six also-rans, deliver an undeniably stonking LP full of catchy choruses and chunky riffs. A surprising triumph.

Tom Goodwyn