March 24, 2017

There’s always so much hype in Chicago when Being as an Ocean comes to town, and this time was no exception. As one of the most well-known groups in the melodic hardcore scene today, Being as an Ocean played to a full house at the Bottom Lounge the other week.

One of my favorite things about watching this band perform is witnessing the passion they put into their performances. The outpour of emotions from every single member is always palpable, and it’s truly mesmerizing to watch.

Joel Quartuccio, the group’s vocalist, has made a name for himself with his aggressive yet passionate vocal delivery and crowd interaction, and he definitely didn’t disappoint on that front this time around. You will rarely, if not ever, see him stay on the stage for the entirety of the set, and, in Chicago, he was up there for far less than half of the performance. In this way, he allows himself to be one with the people he is performing for, while simultaneously making them feel not only involved but important as well.

If there were three words to perfectly describe a Being as an Ocean performance, they would be: powerful, passionate, and emotional. Because of that, you can’t help but feel different after being in the presence of this band. Your angst turns into ecstasy. Your happiness is fulfilled far more than it was just thirty minute prior. At the end of the night, I left this show feeling so content, so grateful, and so filled with love for the music scene, and, for that, I am thankful.


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