It is with a heavy heart and our deepest respect that Spunk shares the news of an end to the The Ocean Party. The band today announce their final ever release, ‘Nothing Grows’, a collection of songs by Zac Denton. Listen to the EP’s title track below. The Ocean Party have also announced their final run of shows this March. Please read on for a full statement from the band and list of tour dates.
“After eight LPs, a handful of EPs and the better part of a decade worth of national touring, we’re calling it a day on The Ocean Party.
After our brother, friend and bandmate Zac Denton tragically passed away in late 2018, we felt that writing new material without him wouldn’t feel right and the time has come to call it quits.
We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have been able to do this together for so long. This band has been such a big part of our lives for such a long time, that it’s going to feel really strange to end it. It’s been a way of making friends across the country, a way of seeing some amazing place around Australia and the world, a way of feeling validated artistically and most importantly an excuse to spend countless amounts of time together. We’re going to all miss being a part of The Ocean Party and we really want to give it a proper send off.
Before his passing, Zac had written an EP of songs that we were going to release at some stage in 2019. Zac was an ardent believer in releasing music and his extensive back catalogue at the age of just 24, is evidence of that. This EP is a great example of what an amazing songwriter he’d become and this EP, titled ‘Nothing Grows’ is some of his very best work. We’re going to have a few copies of it on vinyl and we think you’ll really like it.
We’re going to ask some friends to help us sing Zac’s EP, then we’re going to play a second set that we’re calling (very liberally) ‘The Greatest Hits’. We’ve been really lucky to have had so many amazing friends and fans come to shows over the years and we’d really love to see all of your faces while we play these songs one last time.
Hope to see you there and thanks for humouring us for so long.” –Lachlan Denton
On the drive home from recording their eighth LP “The Oddfellows’ Hall”, The Ocean Party toyed with the idea of working on some smaller releases that focussed on the songwriting of individual members of the band. Their releases up until this point had mainly been a shared effort, a sort of anthology featuring a few songs from each band member. Zac Denton, with a swathe of half-finished material and keen for a finish line to motive it into completion, started working on “his” EP immediately.
Zac recorded all of his parts for the songs and directed the other band members to add to them in their own time. The process was out of character for the band who usually recorded together and tried to be minimal with over-dubs, but with Zac’s death in late 2018 it was clear that there could have been no other way. As a meditation of Zac’s life and work, as a gift to help his friends bring something of his to life after his death, as an ecclectic collection of songs from a young songwriter, and as a final release from The Ocean Party “Nothing Grows”is the band at it’s most devoted.
[The title track] “Nothing Grows” represents the most sombre and unabashed exploration of some of Zac Denton’s mainstay themes. They sit in contrast to question the spaces between: isolation looks to belonging, a full life sees final death and love sees loss. Zac explored these ideas throughout his short life, but here we see him at his most impressionistic as he paints the picture of a withering farm. The image lingers with the hypnotic accompaniment, “Light the fires please my sweet. Let’s just lie here in peace””.
The Ocean Party ‘Nothing Grows’ EP Launch and Final Tour