Thursday 20 August 2015

No Lightweight Guesswork Needed

Another year, another Ocean Party album! The Melbourne six-piece don't know how to quit, yet this isn't a bad thing - each album has shown incredible growth and (dare I say) maturity as they continue to rise from their ill-monikered dolewave Petri dish into something altogether different but nonetheless quintessentially Australian. After the 80s yacht rock flourishes filtered through last year's excellent Soft Focus, we have 'Guess Work', the first taste off Light Weight (coming out in October (Aus/NZ - November for the rest of us) through Spunk. The track starts off with a reverberating snare and guitar, and echoes of 'I'm On Fire' era Boss stirs the loins, before the shimmering guitar, somewhat ruminative vocals about a futile shooting and some barroom piano spices up the batter. We keep walking on down the line/Cos no-ones giving us a sign, Lachlan Denton intones - but on the strength of this track along, The Ocean Party don't need anyone's help. (And don't even get me started on the sax - serious Australia, killing the sax inclusions!)

PS This is my favourite Ocean Party song, hands down.

The Ocean Party will hit the road as they love to do with a series of seriously amazing shows all over the land in October/November - check out the dates and band supports below and get to at the very least one of them!

Canberra - 8/10/15 - the Phoenix With Wives & Cool Sounds 
Sydney - 9/10/15 - Vic on the Park With Mere Women, Cool Sounds & Weak Boys 
Byron Bay - 10/10/15 - Treehouse 
Lismore - 11/10/15 - See Space With TBC 
Cairns - 13/10/15 – Sing Sing Cafe With Sam Wright 
Townsville - 14/10/15 - The Rec Room With Sam Wright 
 Rockhampton - 15/10/15 - The Workshop Rockhampton With Weathered 
Toowoomba - 16/10/15 - The Spotted Cow With TBC 
Brisbane - 17/10/15 - Black Bear Lodge With Cool Sounds, Martyr Privates, Keep on Dancin's & Dag 
 Nambour - 18/10/15 - The Time Machine With Dag 
Wollongong - 22/10/15 - Spunk Records with Stolen Violin 
Yass - 23/10/15 - Thyme To Taste with TBA 
Melbourne - 24/10/15 - The Tote with Superstar, Free Time, Caroline No and Zone Out 
Wagga Wagga - 25/10/15 – Birdhouse 
Ballarat - 30/10/15 - The Eastern With Cool Sounds and Robot Fox 
Adelaide - 31/10/15 - The Metro With Wireheads, Cool Sounds, The Yabbies and the High Beamers Tolmie – 1/11/15 - Lawsfest 
Perth - 6/11/15 - The Bird with METHYL ETHEL & Verge Collection 
Fremantle - 8/11/15 - The Newport Hotel with Dream Rimmy, Erasers & Big Jesus 
Hobart - 14/11/15 - Brisbane Hotel with Day Ravies, HEART BEACH and Peak Body 
Launceston - 15/11/15 - Fresh with Heart Beach

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