The Ocean Blue has completed recording its first new album in six years — due out sometime later this year — and has announced a handful of concerts across the country this summer to be followed by what, at the moment, remains a standalone Detroit show in November.
The band posted on its website about the follow-up to 2013’s Ultramarine: “We’ve finished a new record, and can’t wait to share it with you in person, on vinyl, and on compact disc in 2019!”
So far, the band has announced a near-hometown show in Lancaster, Penn., to be followed by dates in Brooklyn, Seattle, Portland, Ore. and Minneapolis in June and July, and the Detroit gig on Nov. 1. See those full dates below. Ticket information is available at the band’s website.
The Ocean Blue released four major-label records between 1989 and 1996, with the band’s self-titled debut spawning the modern-rock radio hit “Between Something and Nothing.” The group released Davy Jones’ Locker on an independent label in 1999, and followed that in 2004 with the Waterworks EP — later expanded into a full album — and the comeback Ultramarine in 2013.
The band last year released a new song “Therein Lies The Problem With My Life” on a label compilation that you can hear below. It’s not clear whether the track will appear on the new album.
See The Ocean Blue’s tour dates below as well.
The Ocean Blue tour dates
June 22: Tellus 360, Lancaster, PA
June 23: Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY
June 27: The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
June 28: Holoscene, Portland, OR
July 26: Fine Line, Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 1: The Magic Bag, Detroit, MI
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- Video: The Ocean Blue’s David Schelzel covers Billy Idol in 3-song live set at KEXP
- Video: The Ocean Blue, ‘Sad Night, Where is Morning?’ — off ‘Ultramarine’
- The Ocean Blue streams new album ‘Ultramarine,’ announces initial U.S. tour dates
- The Ocean Blue to release ‘Ultramarine’ in March, play shows ‘throughout the U.S.’
- Ocean Blue rarity ‘City Traffic’ surfaces as band works on first new album in a decade