Ocean Grove (Australian band)
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|Origin||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
Ocean Grove are an Australian nu metal band formed in 2010. Their initial line-up was Jimmy Hall on guitar, Luke Holmes on lead vocals, Mathias Morales on drums and vocals, Dale Tanner on vocals and bass guitar, and Running Touch (a.k.a. Matthew Kopp) on guitar. In 2013 Morales was replaced on drums by Sam Bassal and in the following year Matthew Henley joined on guitar as Touch became a studio-only member. They have released two extended plays and one full-length album, The Rhapsody Tapes (3 February 2017), which reached No. 5 on the ARIA Albums Chart in its first week. It was selected as a "Feature Album" by Australian radio station Triple J. The band refers to their music style as "odd world music".
Ocean Grove were formed in 2010 in Melbourne originally as a post-hardcore band by Luke Holmes (lead vocals), Dale Tanner (vocals/bass), Running Touch (a.k.a. Matthew Kopp, guitar), Jimmy Hall (guitar) and Matias Morales (drums/vocals). This line-up released a demo in 2010, followed by their debut extended play, Outsider in 2013, before Morales' departed the band later that year and was replaced by Sam Bassal. In 2014 Running Touch stopped touring with the band to focus on his solo project, while remaining as a studio member and Matt Henley was brought in as an additional guitarist. On 12 June 2015 the band released their second EP, Black Label, which peaked at No. 50 on the ARIA Albums Chart. It was followed by the Black Label Tour around Australia in July 2015 with support from Devastator and Void of Vison. The band was a supporting act, alongside In Hearts Wake, Like Moths to Flames and Buried in Verona, for Northlane's headlining Australian tour in November 2015.
Signing to UNFD and The Rhapsody Tapes (2016–2018)
On 27 April 2016 the band had signed with UNFD and released a new single, "Lights on Kind of Lover". They also re-released their Black Label EP in the United States and Europe under the revised title, Black Label (Sublime Vol.), with "Lights on Kind of Lover" included as a bonus final track on the EP.
On 1 December 2016 Ocean Grove dropped a new single, "These Boys Light Fires". On 21 December they released another single, "Intimate Alien", along with its music video and announced that they would release their debut album, The Rhapsody Tapes, on 3 February 2017. Upon its release The Rhapsody Tapes reached No. 5 on the ARIA Albums Chart in its first week, and was selected as a "Feature Album" by Australian radio station, Triple J.
On 24 May 2017 Ocean Grove announced their national headlining tour, which spanned from 4 to 12 August with support from Justice for the Damned, Broken, and the Beverly Chills. The band then supported All That Remains and Falling in Reverse for their co-headlining Coming Home to Madness Tour in the US from 25 September to 6 October 2017, followed by a run of shows alongside Northlane, Erra and Invent Animate in Europe and the United Kingdom, which went from 23 November to 16 December of that year.
Ocean Grove were one of the bands that performed at the first ever Download Festival Australia at Melbourne's Flemington Racecourse on 24 March 2018, as well as playing shows that same week in Sydney, Brisbane, and Adelaide supporting Limp Bizkit and Of Mice & Men.
Signing to BMG, Upcoming Second Album and lineup changes (2018–present)
On 2 May 2018 Ocean Grove signed a worldwide publishing deal with BMG. In an interview with Depth magazine, Dale Tanner revealed that the band was working on material for a new album, then stating in a separate interview with Spotlight Report that a new single would come out later in the year with a new album possibly coming out in 2019.
On 14 December 2018, Ocean Grove released a new single "Glass Gloss", and announced that vocalist Luke Holmes and guitarist Jimmy Hall would be leaving the band and will be performing with the band for the last time at the Unify Gathering on 11 January 2019, with the band continuing on as a four-piece.
Ocean Grove's musical style is generally considered as nu metal, grunge, nu metalcore and hardcore punk. The band themselves often describe their sound as "Odd World Music".
- Current members
- Dale Tanner - vocals, bass guitar (2010–present)
- Matthew Henley - guitar (2014–present)
- Sam Bassal - drums, production (2013–present)
- Running Touch - samples, keyboards, guitar, additional vocals (2014–present; studio only), guitar (2010–2014)
- Former members
- Luke Holmes - lead vocals (2010–2019)
- Jimmy Hall - guitar (2010–2019)
- Matias Morales - drums, vocals (2010–2013)
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|The Rhapsody Tapes||5|
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|Black Label (Sublime Vol.)||
- "Lights On Kind of Lover" (2016)
- "These Boys Light Fires" (2016)
- "Glass Gloss" (2018)
- "Overshadow" (2013)
- "Backbone" (2014)
- "B.L.U.D." (2015)
- "I Told You To Smile" (2015)
- "Lights on Kind of Lover" (2016)
- "Intimate Alien" (2016)
- "Thunderdome" (2017)
- "Stratosphere Love" (2017)
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