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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 harmonized 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 added, “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 (UK), 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.
Le Shiv is a 4-piece indie/alt/rock/psych-pop band who hails from Australia and splits their time between Sydney and Los Angeles. Pencil, Jarleth, Mossy (formerly of The Ruminaters) and Chris (of All American Rejects fame) deliver searing guitars, ear- hooking melodies and gut-punching lyrics through songs that will either make you dance or cry, sometimes both.
Prior to the world changing, the band found early recognition with their music appearing in cross platform advertising content, including multiple Lincoln Motor campaigns in North America, toured across Aus, NZ and US as direct support for Grouplove and Lime Cordiale. Even after Covid hit and changed the music industry, they still were able to find success with Triple J. As an influential tastemaker and Australian lynchpin to global success, Triple J added their latest single ‘I’m Fine, I’ve Said Too Much, But How Are You?’ and selected it to be their #1 focus for their highly reserved Unearthed programming slot. Though the boys have been cooped up and locked down this past year, the lockdown has only creatively stimulated them to write a cadre of new songs. As 2022 unfolds the band will continue releasing a steady stream of new material, starting with ’The Wait is Over’ in mid January. Touring will (finally!) begin, starting with a hometown, sold out Sydney show welcoming back their fans and followed by an Australian headlining tour before embarking across the pond.