Ocean Alley Gives Us Paradise-Lost Moment In “Tombstone”

Psych rock

Photo: Charley Hardy

Aussie band Ocean Alley digs through the sense of loss and longing in their new single “Tombstone,” a psychedelic rock piece that has a slithery texture coated with sparks. There is a form of melancholic drunkenness to it that is therapeutic as the band channels all the emotions you get awash with when your personal wonderland does not meet your expectations. It’s like Hollywood – you idealize it through your childhood films, but once you get to the physical location, it smells like a mixture of bleach and urine (mostly the latter):

“‘Tombstone’ is a song that reminisces about a place that was once ideal, a place that was once the perfect respite, now just a wasteland. Recorded at The Grove Studios and produced by Callum Howell, this track was built over two days from demos and is the next single following Stained Glass and Infinity. It’s a ‘…should’ve been here yesterday…’ moment that we’ve turned into something passionate and heartfelt,” shared the band.

Ocean Alley have been touring extensively for the past year, including a sold-out US headlining tour this spring. Now that it’s a little bit more peaceful, they’re songsmithing and getting ready to hit the stages again in 2020:

1/2 – Trustpower Baypark (Tauranga, New Zealand)

1/4 – Bay Dreams (Nelson, New Zealand)

2/1 – Laneway Festival (Bowen Hills, Australia)

2/2 – Laneway Festival (Sydney, Australia)

2/7 – Laneway Festival (Adelaide, Australia)

2/8 – Laneway Festival (Melbourne, Australia)

2/9 – Laneway Festival (Fremantle, Australia)

2/22 – Western Springs Stadium (Auckland, New Zealand)

3/7 – Forsyth Barr Stadium (Dunedin, New Zealand)

6/27 – Electric Forest (Rothbury, MI, USA)