The release follows the recent announcement of their huge European headline, which includes 13 UK shows and a stop at London’s Roundhouse.
Infused with their classic sun-drenched sound and infectious groove, ‘Touch Back Down’ is a story about turning a negative into a positive, and always finding the light side of a problem. It was written during a last-minute writing session in Byron Bay, which only came to be after Bluesfest was cancelled at the eleventh hour in April this year.
Boppy from its opening bars, the track features an intoxicating sing-along melody that paired with swirling guitars and shimmering keys, create a warmth and brightness that feels like summer. It builds to an emphatic chorus where frontman Baden Donegal’s soaring vocals shine and are punctuated by stunning harmonised backing vocals.
On the new single, Baden shared, “It’s exciting to have new music out. The more records we write, the more we can explore our sound and style, which is why they are ever-changing. ‘Touch Back Down’ gives a much happier vibe than any single from Lonely Diamond and we’re definitely carrying that upbeat energy across our writing at the moment. It provides a pretty good insight into the feel we’re going for in terms of our next record.”
Guitarist Mitch Galbraith adds, “It feels more playful than Lonely Diamond and we wanted it to be that way. After the craziness of the past two years, we wanted to be less serious and write songs that will get people moving rather than thinking. We felt that we could write music this time around that is less introspective and with a little more storytelling, so this is the first taste of the new direction that our fourth album will offer.”
From Northern Beaches dive bars to sold out international tours, Ocean Alley’s evolution has been driven by an endless pursuit to push their sound and abilities to new limits. Operating as a proudly independent band, their output has always been underscored by a refreshingly chilled authenticity and relatability that has seen them achieve more than 450 million catalogue streams.
Since the release of their Gold-certified breakthrough Chiaroscuro (2018) which saw the band take the #1 spot in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2018 for their double platinum smash ‘Confidence’, the six-piece have performed major festivals including Reading & Leeds, Splendour In The Grass (AUS) and Sziget (HU), debuted at #3 on the ARIA charts for their critically acclaimed 2020 album Lonely Diamond, have received Gold certification on five singles and been nominated for 2 ARIA Awards.
OCEAN ALLEY UK & EUROPE TOUR DATES 2022
Mar 8th – Luxor, Cologne (GER)
Mar 9th – La Maroquinerie, Paris (FRA)
Mar 11th – Paradiso, Amsterdam (NED)
Mar 12th – Paradiso, Amsterdam (NED)
Mar 13th – AB, Brussels (BEL)
Mar 15th – Knust, Hamburg (GER)
Mar 16th – Hole 44, Berlin (GER)
Mar 18th – Rock Café, Prague (CZE)
Mar 19th – A38 Ship, Budapest (HUN)
Mar 21st – Backstage Halle, Munich (GER)
Mar 22nd – Plaza, Zurich (CHE)
Mar 24th – Chalk, Brighton (UK)
Mar 25th – The Roundhouse, London (UK)
Mar 26th – Engine Rooms, Southampton (UK)
Mar 28th – Marble Factory, Bristol (UK)
Mar 29th – Exeter Phoenix, Exeter (UK)
Mar 30th – The Guildhall, St Ives (UK)
Apr 1st – O2 Institute 2, Birmingham (UK)
Apr 2nd – O2 Ritz, Manchester (UK)
Apr 3rd – Leeds Beckett Students Union, Leeds (UK)
Apr 5th – Leadmill, Sheffield (UK)
Apr 6th – Riverside, Newcastle (UK)
Apr 7th – SQG3 Studio Warehouse, Glasgow (UK)
Apr 9th – Button Factory, Dublin (IRE)