Friday, May 17, 2019

The return of Pennsylvania alt-pop band The Ocean Blue

photo: Darin Back
This band's debut was one of the first albums I ever reviewed for my college newspaper, Viewpoints, at Riverside City College. Happy to hear they're back...

The Ocean Blue will release their first new album in over six years - Kings and Queens/Knaves and Thieves, on June 21 via Korda Records (a Minneapolis-based cooperative label the band helped launch). Billboard premiered the video for first single “Kings and Queens,” also out ahead of their tour.

Watch / Share: “Kings and Queens

History: The Ocean Blue arrived as the 1980s drew to close, and their debut record emerged on Sire Records (Madonna, The Cure, The Smiths, Talking Heads, the Ramones, etc) in 1989. The band of four teenagers from Hershey, PA quickly achieved widespread acclaim and Top 10 Modern Rock/College Radio & MTV airplay, with hits like "Between Something and Nothing" and “Drifting, Falling.”

Sophomore album Cerulean included another alt-rock charter “Ballerina Out of Control,” and was followed by the release of their highest charting pop album, Beneath the Rhythm and Sound and fourth record for Mercury/PolyGram, See The Ocean Blue.

After a busy decade of recording and touring, the band left the majors in the late 1990s. In 2013, The Ocean Blue released their first full length record in over 10 years, Ultramarine on Korda Records. In 2015, the band worked with Sire Records and Shelflife to reissue their first three Sire albums on vinyl.

Frontman David Schelzel is also part of 5 Billion in Diamonds led by producer/drummer Butch Vig and including alumni of Spiritualized, Soundtrack of Our Lives, Echo & the Bunnymen and more.

Get tickets to the tour dates below here.

Track listing: 

1. Kings and Queens
2. It Takes So Long
3. Love Doesn’t Make It Easy on Us
4. All The Way
5. Blue Paraguay, My Love
6. F Major 7
7. The Limit
8. Therein Lies The Problem With My Life 
9. 9 p.m. Direction
10. Step Into the Night
11. Frozen

Tour Dates:

6/22: Lancaster, PA @ Tellus360
6/23: Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
6/27: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
6/28: Portland, OR @ Holocene
7/26: Minneapolis, MN @ The Fine Line
7/27: Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
8/23: Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
8/24: Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
9/5: Lima, PERU @ Coco's Club
9/6: Arequipa, PERU @ El QuinQué
10/4: Washington, DC @ Union Stage
10/5: Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java
11/1: Detroit, MI @ The Magic Bag
11/3: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
11/17: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
12/6: Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall

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