It’s time to get acquainted with the land Down Under’s best kept secret. Aussie sextet The Ocean Party make hazy guitar music that oozes nostalgia – an evocative and bleary mélange of shoegaze and pop that cites Echo and the Bunnymen and a whole host of our favourite cult bands.
The group, who hail from Melbourne by way of Wagga Wagga, have just unveiled their seventh record ‘Beauty Point’ and it’s a scorcher – with the album’s dreamy slow-build ‘Cracked and Shattering’ ready for your listening pleasure below. To celebrate, we caught up with The Ocean Party to hear all about their latest release and much more.
‘Cracked and Shattering’ is a dreamy delight. How did the track come about?
“It was originally based around a finger-picked guitar line that was almost folk. We started playing the picked melody on piano and it sounded like it could have been the theme to the ’96 Olympics in Atlanta. When it was time to record the album at our friend’s house, he happened to have an Analog Roland Juno and as soon as we played it on that everything just clicked. It really guided the direction and feel of the song.”
How did The Ocean Party start out?
“We were all pals in high school (we grew up in the rural town of Wagga Wagga) and played in bands together and separate from each other. It was the early 2000s so the revival rock thing was in full swing. Eventually after we all finished school we decided to head our own ways with uni and work etc. We eventually all found our way to Melbourne and once we were all in the same city it made sense we play together.”
What inspired your name?
“It was named after a themed party we had for Curtis’s 21st birthday. Needless to say we’re not totally comfortable or stoked with it nine years on, but what are you gonna to do?”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“The Go-Betweens, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Triffids, Fleetwood Mac and Paul Kelly.”
Any other new bands that you’ve played with and would recommend?
“Body Type, Gold Class, Emma Russack, Cool Sounds and Jade Imagine”
And finally, what does the remainder of 2017 hold for The Ocean Party?
“We have a few more Australian shows and we’ve got a six-track tape we recorded earlier in the year that we might slip out before Christmas.”