Words and Photos by Samantha Skapin

Kicking off their tour with a freshly released studio album, Columbus natives The End Of The Ocean kicked off night one of their tour with Tides of Man at Ace of Cups in Columbus, OH.

Tides of Man took the stage first, setting the right tone for the rest of the night. The band has gone through quite the number of changes throughout the years in both sound and lineup but were still incredible as usual. They played music from their 2018 release Every Nothing, as well as their incredible 2014 release; We Were Only Dreaming. Tides of Man know how to hit a soft spot with the crowd through moving and driven instrumental, and captures the audience’s attention from the start of their set to the end.

The End of The Ocean was up next, and you could tell they were more than ready to show their hometown the record they had been working so hard on. Their new record titled, -aire (out through Equal Vision) has already begun to receive high praise throughout the music scene from various artists and fans alike. The energy throughout Ace of Cups was high and attentive, soaking up every inch of their new record through tracks such as “endure” and “homesick.” With a lighter, more airy sound throughout the record, it gives us a side to post-rock that we don’t normally see, and I feel the crowd resonated with that for their album release show. As you could have guessed, they closed their set out with “distance” with wide and grateful smiles on their faces.

The End of The Ocean gives us an interesting approach to post-rock we don’t normally see, and for that reason alone I highly recommend you attend one of their shows when they come to a city near you. Be sure to check out The End of The Oceans’ new record -aire and check them out in a city near you!

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