We Are The Ocean – Holy Fire (Acoustic)

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As they were just releasing their brand new album ‘Ark’, we sat and discussed with Liam and Alfie from We Are The Ocean, before they played for us a couple of acoustic renditions of their new tracks. Here is Holy Fire.

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Approaching ‘Ark’ and learning from it. 
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Liam: Having two years to write and record, we knew that would make it different.
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Aflie: It’s definitely the longest time that we spent writing for a record. It felt like that’s how we needed to approach the album. It was good to come to the studio with a lot of ideas and have a lot of time in the studio to work on those ideas and give us a different result from the previous albums.
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Liam: I think we learned a lot while in the studio, recording-wise, especially. Most of it is just live and I think from that experience of recording and trying to get a feeling out of the music, make it sound natural, I think we’ll be taking that on from now on.
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Alfie: We’ve had conversations with our producer Pete [Peter Miles],  from the beginning, saying that we wanted this album to be different form what we’ve done before. And I think, like Liam was saying, the whole process of trying and recording takes live and really trying to just capture what was happening in a specific take was new to us. It showed us that there is another way of making an album and we came away from the overall process like a lot more, knowledgeable about what could go in recording certain songs depending on what song it is. Lots of other things, but I think that for the next albums, we’re definitely gonna take all what we’ve learned from everything, from before and especially this and keep applying it and keep trying new things.
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Liam: It was a really good experience. I think for every album, we try to do something different. This one, particularly was a lot of fun.
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Alfie: It helps that our producer is awesome and has awesome means of recording, I suppose, and it’s very much..wizardry.
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Liam: He’s a wizard!
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Playing new songs live ahead of the album release.
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Alfie: It’s been really nice and humbling. People said really nice things and we could see, while playing some people really getting into it.
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Liam: To see people listening, then doing little moves, see smiles on faces…it was good!
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Alfie: I wouldn’t say we had pressure, I would say excitement, because it’d been so long since we had played anything new. It’s just awesome to play those new songs to people, alongside with some of the old ones in the set. And it was interesting to see what the songs sounded like as part of a live show. Because you know, we play a couple of the oldest songs and people be like ‘okay I know these ones’ and then here’s a new one and we’re excited and I think it kinda goes back and forth, even though maybe people aren’t as familiar with those songs. So it gets a reaction out of that as well.
We’re experimenting with our music and our ways of songwriting. There’s still a lot more to go I think.

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On writing again.
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Alfie: Yeah that’s another thing, we never stop writing and form being in the studio that’s something we said as well. If the song’s there, just crack on, go for it.
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Holy Fire is We Are The Ocean‘s latest single, taken from the recent album ‘Ark’.
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PS : We have another one coming out soon, could you guess what song? 
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‘Ark’, out now through Hassle Records // BMG Chrysalis
http://www.wearetheocean.co.uk/
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