INTERVIEW: Ocean Alley drops psychedelic new video for “Hot Chicken”
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Ocean Alley

Ocean Alley are back and ready to drop their highly anticipated third album Lonely Diamond. Until then, we enjoy the first single of the record “Hot Chicken”.

Ocean Alley is an Australian alternative reggae-rock band from the Northern Beaches, Sydney. The band is made up of Baden Donegal, Angus Goodwin, Lach Galbraith, Mitch Galbraith, Nic Blom and Tom O’Brien. Their style of music has been described as “cruisey psych, rock and reggae fusion.” Following the excitement of their album Lonely Diamond announcement, dropping on June 19th, the band teased fans with first single “Hot Chicken“!

The new single encapsulates the seduction and suffering that comes from wrestling with the devil on one’s shoulder. With lead singer Baden Donegal’s bluesy and sultry vocal paired with rousing guitar licks, the track takes you back to a time where you felt like you were spiraling out of control. We had a chance to chat with the band about the new song, favorite memories on the road, and their time in quarantine.

CC: We’re always super curious about an artist’s creative process. How was the writing process for Lonely Diamond? Were there any challenges? Were some songs easier to write than others?

OC: We started working on a bunch of ideas at home first and started to get an idea of where we could go with it all. Working together we tend to just feel it out most of the time. When it was time to take our ideas to a studio to start demos we spent most of our time at Rockinghorse Studio in Byron Bay, but the rest of the music didn’t come so quickly. It took us a few weeks in between constant touring to rewrite a few of the bridge sections that we fundamentally changed from our first ideas. It was a relief when it all came together and we were glad we had the opportunity to re-work those parts.

CC: “Hot Chicken” has become a quick new fav of some of our people here at Culture Collide! Can you tell us how that song came to be?

OC: It came from a jam we were messing around with that we made up as a bit of a joke. The song turned out to be more ominous than the jam we started with. but it was a super fun track to both write and record.

CC: There’s always a sense of relief when you finally put out something you’ve been working so hard on. What are you looking forward to most about the album being out? Writing more? Fans finally hearing it?

OC: It’s something we have worked on for a while and it will be nice for everyone to hear it. It feels like our most thoughtful work, a new chapter in our music. Obviously looking forward to playing it live when we get the chance and then continuing to work on ideas we have now.

CC: I’m sure you all miss touring, can you tell us some of your favourite memories on the road? Or things you like to do while sitting on a bus getting from A to B?

OC: Yeh we bloody miss it. It’s awesome meeting new people in new places, that’s our favourite part of touring. Playing awesome venues is very special too. It’s all about what happens when the bus stops I guess.

CC: Considering the current state of the world right now, how have you been spending your time in quarantine? Binging new shows? Learning new recipes?

OC: A bit of all of the above. Everyone is simultaneously bored of no work and stoked with all the free time. We’ve at least learnt to bake a decent loaf of bread.

CC: Lastly, what do you hope people take away from listening to “Hot Chicken”?

OC: Don’t trust the snake.

You can listen to “Hot Chicken” out now! Check it out below and let us know what you think!

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