Ocean Beach Bring 'Southland Boys High' to Dunedin and Invercargill
The days between Christmas and New Year can be a bit of a twilight zone for music fans. But if you're in Dunedin or Invercargill this year, Ocean Beach can help to fill that void, with a little help from their friends Seafog and Alpha Plan.
Ocean Beach released their new EP ‘Southland Boys High' to coincide with the first day of the New Zealand summer, and now they want to play it live. The 4-tracker follows on from their July debut ‘Doc Martens and Winklepickers' (Moving Production), and with the change of season comes a change of focus.
Christmas in New Zealand for many of us means heading home to family - and to memories. ‘Southland Boys High' is about just that: nostalgia for summers past, and the places and people that made them great. But now you're older, and sumer can also be a time for reflection - looking back at what's brought you to where you are. And maybe being under the influence of a tipple or two.
‘Southland Boys High' is a journey.The EP covers themes such as former relationships, apathy and anxiety - and a celebration of whenua/homeland.
With the trio hailing from various parts of Southland, there were connections already in place, but it wasn't until they met up in Auckland that it made sense to form a band. They take their name from the (now closed) Ocean Beach Freezing Works in Bluff, where lead singer Gary Dalhousie's uncles worked after arriving in New Zealand from Tonga.
Ocean Beach venture to the South Island for the first time as a band this summer, playing Invercargill with Seafog and The Dense, and Dunedin with Seafog and Alpha Plan.
Who are Ocean Beach?
The 3-piece specialise in songs of shimmering resonance, interspersed with crunchy indie punk/folk. Ocean Beach is a collaboration of musicians from some influential New Zealand bands: Robert Halcrow (bass) was guitarist extraordinaire for legendary reggae band Unity Pacific (alongside Tigilau Ness - Che Fu's father), and groundbreaking ska band The Managers; Gary Dalhousie (singer and guitarist) was in underground Dunedin band Jetty with Robin Sharma; and drummer Troy-Stanton Kerr was in Pointy Little Stick, alongside a career in the film industry.
‘Southland Boys High' was recorded at North Western Studios by Nick Abbott, mastered at Auralux by Angus McNaughton, and is out now on Spotify and Apple Music thanks to Dunedinmusic.com. The stunning artwork is by Warren A. Elwin.
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