Ocean Grove are not just another band; they are a collective. Emerging from the depths of Melbourne in 2010, Ocean Grove have progressively developed a distinguishable sound like no other. As one of the most talked about acts in the heavy music world, Ocean Grove aren’t going to buy your respect, they are going to earn it as per their binding agreement in The Rhapsody Manifesto.
Currently touring around the US, we caught up with Dale to see what makes Ocean Grove “Ocean Grove” and what’s on the cards for the rest of 2017 and beyond!
If your music was a person, what would their personality be like? Do you have any character that comes to mind?
They’d be a rager for sure. They’d never be sitting still, with a seriously short attention span. They’d get down on new challenges and trying new things, always looking for that next risk to take. They would love going to parties that have a “shit shirt” theme. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind a beer too.
What’s the plan for 2017?
The rest of 2017 is chockers! We hit the States for a month long tour with Falling In Reverse and All That Remains. We then go back to Europe to tour alongside Northlane, hitting 6 new countries on top of those we made it to in June. Somewhere amongst all that, we’re going to be writing, writing, writing.
What’s on your music bucket list?
Frankly, we’re pretty blessed to say that a lot of the items on our original band bucket list have already been achieved, amongst them being: to play a sold out Corner Hotel Show and to score Triple J feature album. So we recently had a bit of fun compiling a new list for the near and distant future. We’re an ambitious bunch, so some more notable goals include: winning an ARIA, getting on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine, playing a show with Red Hot Chili Peppers and having a cameo on Neighbours (note: most important).
If you had to choose an album title as a quote to live by, which one would it be and why?
Sing When You’re Winning by Robbie Williams, because life is too short.
What is the most bizarre moment you’ve experienced during a performance?
We once played a gig where a group of mates rocked up in the mosh all dressed up as The Average Joes dodgeball team. That’s definitely up there.
If you could perform in a concert with three other musicians/bands of your choosing, who would they be?
The Ramones, Michael Jackson & Queen.
What’s on your Spotify playlist at the moment?
PLTS (Spill), Kid Dakota (The Overcoat), The Drones (Then They Came For Me), Mini Dresses (Fantasy Nails), Crosses (Trophy), Ryuichi Sakamoto (Andata), Young Lions (Destroy Me), Matt Elliott (The Mess We Made), Mastodon (Toe to Toes), M83 (Laser Gun) are some that are getting a good run as of late.
If you could talk to your younger self, what advice would you give about the music industry?
Stick true to being yourself. Treat everyone with the same amount of respect that you would want to receive. Make the most of meeting new people and forming new connections. It is a limitless opportunity unavailable to those outside the industry.
What’s in your gig bag?
- My beloved film cameras, handycam and Go Pro.
- Socks and jocks.
- My gig diary where I like to jot down a few memorable moments from each gig we play.
Why do you use Audiofly IEMs?
“I don’t have the best hearing to begin with, so I find Audiofly IEMs hard to live without as they truly attenuate and pierce through the white noise of a live setting and provide the high clarity of sound I require.” – Dale
“Not only are the Audiofly IEMs great quality from their entry level to more advanced products, supporting a company that is local to Australia is an invaluable bonus to using their products. As a customer, you are not only supporting local business, but are engaged with a company where you have a direct line of communication with company representatives for any information. It feels good not to be lost in the detached corporate structure of many common hifi companies.” – Luke
Check out one of their latest hits, Stratosphere Love, below: