Being As An Ocean have released their highly-anticipated new single “Play Pretend” and its cinematic sci-fi companion video. The song is the first track from the band’s upcoming album ‘Proxy: An A.N.I.M.O. Story’, which will be released September 13th. The video was directed by BRUME, and the album was recorded with producer and collaborator Zakk Cervini (Blink-182, Halsey).

You can pre-order ‘Proxy: An A.N.I.M.O. Story’ now at and receive “Play Pretend” as an instant download.

Being As An Ocean consists of Joel Quartuccio (vocals), Tyler Ross (lead guitar), Michael McGough (rhythm guitar), and Ralph Sica (bass). The upcoming album is a bold new chapter for the Southern California-based band that arrived on the scene in 2014 with ‘How We Both Wondrously Perish’. Over the course of the five years that followed, their unique blend of post-hardcore punch and ambient tones has racked up a staggering 85 million streams globally.

‘Proxy: An A.N.I.M.O. Story’ stands as a monumental labor of love that has been 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 their inspiration and artistic guidance exposing a narrative that is 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”, the band offers the world an invitation into an experience which mirrors the grandeur and scope of their recorded works and live performances. They 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.

You can see Being As An Ocean performing “Play Pretend”, a mix of additional new tracks, and fan favorites on their upcoming North American headlining tour.

North American Tour Dates:
09/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram
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 Theater
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

Photo Credit: Ashley Osborn