“Ocean Alley are a big deal.” – triple j “dripping in salty psychedelic surf-rock gold” – Pilerats
WATCH: Ocean Alley – ‘Stained Glass’
Fresh off-the-back of last month’s Hottest 100 onslaught, Sydney’s Ocean Alley have today released the sun-bleached new single and tranquil video ‘Stained Glass’. Premiered on triple j Drive yesterday, ‘Stained Glass’ is the first taste of new music since the band dropped their momentous second albumChiaroscuro last March.
Watch ‘Stained Glass’ via YouTube. Stream and download the track here.
Moody and expansive in sound, ‘Stained Glass’ creeps up on the listener; fusing elements of blues and surf-rock with Baden Donegal’s soulful voice, lingering heavily over dreamy tones and swirling organs. As the harmonies and dense reverb simmer, the track launches into its grand zenith, a multi-layered tapestry of emphatic, driving guitars paired with big crash cymbals and a hypnotic melody line.
Detailing the song’s creation, the band explained “Stained Glass is the first song we have written since the release of Chiaroscuro and began, as most of our songs do, with a chord and vocal idea for a verse that Baden envisioned. We recorded and mixed the track at the Grove Studios with our producer Callum Howell over two sessions with a focus on guitar tone and interwoven guitar parts – as has always been a staple in our production. In the early writing stages we realised it was a great platform to explore guitar production in its entirety and with the help of newly acquired equipment and instruments we were able to create a spacious arrangement using interjecting guitar parts and organ sounds to embellish the rhythmic guitar strumming.”
Ocean Alley are supporting the Don’t Kill Live Music campaign with a short performance at today’s rally in Hyde Park, before kicking off a 12-date national tour supporting Tash Sultana tomorrow. The band will then cross the ditch for six shows in New Zealand through April, returning home to play at Byron Bay Bluesfest and then headed back to the United States and Canada for an extensive run of dates during the Northern Hemisphere summer.
Hailing from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, six-piece Ocean Alley – Baden Donegal (vocals), Angus Goodwin (guitar), Nic Blom (bass), Lach Galbraith (keys/vocals), Mitch Galbraith (guitar) and Tom O’Brien (drums) – solidified their position as one of Australia’s most exciting bands in 2018, having surpassed 60 million catalogue streams and achieving the impressive feat of attaining more than1.4 million monthly Spotify listeners. With two albums under their belt, Lost Tropics (2016) and the critically acclaimed Chiaroscuro (2018) which peaked at #11 on the ARIA Chart and spawned the triple j Hottest 100 #1 and ARIA Top 10 Platinum-certified single ‘Confidence’, the band have captivated audiences worldwide with their infectious blend of psychedelic surf-rock, selling out a slew of shows at home and abroad, plus performing festivals including Splendour In The Grass, California Roots (USA) and Rhythm and Vines (NZ).
Don’t Kill Live Music Rally
Thursday 21 February – Hyde Park, Sydney
Tash Sultana Flow State National Tour
Friday 22 February – UOW UniBar, Wollongong Saturday 23 February – UOW UniBar, Wollongong SOLD OUT Wednesday 27 February – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SOLD OUT Thursday 28 February – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SOLD OUT
Saturday 2 March – Botanical Gardens, Hobart Friday 8 March – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney SOLD OUT Saturday 9 March – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney SOLD OUT
Sunday 10 March – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Thursday 14 March – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
Thursday 21 March – Riverstage, Brisbane
Saturday 23 March – Mindil Beach, Darwin
Saturday 30 March – Fremantle Oval, Fremantle