Hailing from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Ocean Alley – Baden Donegal (vocals), Angus Goodwin (guitar), Nic Blom (bass), Lach Galbraith (keys/vocals), Mitch Galbraith (guitar) and Tom O’Brien (drums) – have captivated audiences around the country with their infectious melody lines and memorable blend of psychedelic-surf-rock, amassing over 30 million streams online and more than 550,000 monthly Spotify listeners. Their acclaimed second album Chiaroscuro debuted at #15 on the ARIA Chart, and was awarded the coveted triple j Feature Album, with the station proclaiming “Ocean Alley have surfed their way to ‘Next Big Thing’ status.”
Off the back of their sold out 7-date Australian tour in April & May 2018 alongside playing all dates on Groovin The Moo, Ocean Alley have received widespread praise for their mesmerising live performances, X-Press claiming “their live set was seamless, echoing their recorded music and enhanced by their sensual stage presence”, Savage Thrills declaring “they can’t seem to set a foot wrong” and The Music suggesting that it “…would be wise to follow these boys into the wild and windy surf”.
Having fast become a fan-favourite on the band’s sold out Australian tour, conjuring mass crowd sing-alongs on all stops, the bands most recent single ‘Knees’ combines dreamy tones with hopeful yet commanding vocals and stunning harmonization. The video portrays an endless summer, the lo-fi, grainy vision evoking a sense of nostalgia as Australia moves into the somber, cooler months. Tying in with the album’s theme of dark and light, the heavy weight of the song’s lyrics and emotive sense of longing is juxtaposed with the warm, floating imagery.
The band are currently touring across North America for the first time, before returning to Australia in July for Splendour In The Grass.