Ocean Colour Scene
The band from Birmingham, born from the split of two local bands in the late 80s, released its tenth and last album, Painting, in February 2013. It had songs that provoked reviews like the one Dot Music did: “Possibly the band’s best album yet, destined to be loved by fans”. Years go by, but they are still in shape. It was their first LP since Saturday, from April 2010, an elastic work and kind to be listened once and again, with which they brilliantly finished a prolific decade (between 2001 and 2010 they published five studio albums and three live albums), busy, as always, with their own mission: being one of the leading bands of the traditionalist British rock. They started to execute it in late 80s, with a lot of faith and effort, and they were awarded for that: in 1986 they got their second platinum album, Moseley Shoals, the massive success (it reached the 2nd position in British charts, to the end of the year 1.3 million copies were sold, in 1998 it was chosen as 33rd best album of all time by Q’s readers…) while irredeemable fans like Paul Weller or Noel Gallagher confessed their admiration for the band. Its successor, Marchin’ Already (1997), reached number 1. But, despite the success, they didn´t move from their favourite intersection, the one between mod revival and psychedelic experimentations of Traffic, and from there they have continued to distil idols and moulds (The Who, The Kinks…) until they reached an aureole of contemporary classics away from trends.
Last year they celebrated the 20th anniversary of Mosely Shoals and they toured playing the whole album, paying tribute to some of the most remarkable songs of their career (“The Day We Caught The Train”, “The Riverboat Song”, “The Circle”…).