Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Quick hitters:: Hey Ocean!

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The first days of summer are always the best. The first beer on a patio. The first late night on a friend's back deck. The first guy walking shirtless wearing a speedo. Wait. What?

When the weather starts to change, I usually end up looking for songs with hooks. Instead of hunkering in with a bottle of wine (heronhill of course), you want to be out side; stopping by a friend's house or popular watering holes and finding a gathering.

I'm not sure you could find a better song to start the journey than Hey Ocean!'s Alleyway. The song, like the band, is as summery and free as you will find and adds pep in your step. There new record - It's Easier To Be Someone Else - is full of nice bass lines and subtle grooves. Ashleigh Ball's great vocals and nice hooks could fuel more beach parties than a Frankie and Annette sing-along. Even when David Beckingham takes the lead on Alright, the mood is light and the bongos and horns are terrific.

I don't want to give the impression that these songs are light and fluffy - as no one wants to be like that band Mir - no, some of the songs still have some grit. The collaboration with Shad K, Vagabonds, plays like a new twist on the Beastie Boys Live at PJ;s and Fifteen Words adds some adventurous guitar work and nice keyboards to pick up the pace.

More or less, summer is starting in Halifax and here's a couple tracks to help you start shaking out the cobwebs.

Posted at 10:52 AM by ack :: 2 comments

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At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Ronatron did sayeth:

Hey Ocean! is a great Vancouver based band. I've seen them on many occassions and each time, they do bring a little bit of summer with them, even if it's snowing outside. I can't wait for their new record. Another great Vancouver-based band that would be great for a summer beach party is Lotus Child.


At 8:57 PM, Anonymous JSHAW did sayeth:

I have just been referred to the band Hey Ocean and am completely loving their music. And i was told they were mind blowing live! I like what sounds to be a influence of blues and soul as well. Wonderful post.


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