The Ocean Blue, the much admired dream pop act from Hershey, Pennsylvania, was always one of those American bands that sounded more like an English act. The band continued that streak with their newest album, Kings and Queens / Knaves and Thieves, released in 2019.
The band resumes touring their fan-favorite early material alongside their consistently terrific new songs in a show at Union Stage on Sunday, Sept. 5.
In 2013, after much anticipation, The Ocean Blue released their first full-length record in over 10 years — Ultramarine on Korda Records. The album was a welcome return for fans of the band and a younger generation of fans, garnering widespread praise as one of their very best. In 2015, the band worked with Sire Records and Shelflife to reissue their first three Sire albums on vinyl.
And now of course, the dream pop legends added Kings and Queens / Knaves and Thieves to their catalog, including latest single “Love Doesn’t Make It Easy on Us.”
Watch the official music video for “Love Doesn’t Make It Easy on Us” by The Ocean Blue on YouTube:
The Ocean Blue arrived as the 1980s drew to close, and their debut record on the famed Sire Records label in 1989 seemed to summarize the best of the musical decade. The band of four teenagers quickly achieved widespread acclaim and radio and MTV airplay, with top 10 Modern Rock/College Radio hits like “Between Something and Nothing” and “Drifting, Falling.” They followed their debut release with the subtle and atmospheric Cerulean, which included perhaps their most beloved song, “Ballerina Out of Control,” and followed that with their highest charting pop album Beneath the Rhythm and Sound and the single “Sublime.”
The Ocean Blue
W/ Phase Materia
Sunday, Sept. 5
Doors @ 6:30pm