Ocean Alley release GTA-inspired video for ‘West Coast’

by the partae
Photo credit: Tyler Bell
**** “another welcome jolt of Ocean Alley”
– The Australian

“this album will push Ocean Alley further towards major-global-band status”
– Rolling Stone Australia

“their breezy, summery brand of pop rock is the perfect soundtrack to this time of year”
– Courier Mail

“they are experts of their craft… impeccable”
– Renowned For Sound

Beloved Australian psych-rockers Ocean Alley have mustered up a fresh new video for ‘West Coast’, the latest single from last year’s critically acclaimed album Low Altitude Living.

Directed by Jamieson Kerr (who’s best known for his work with the likes of Skegss, Baker Boy and Ruby Fields), the ‘West Coast’ clip plucks Ocean Alley from their coastal roots and throws them into the seedy, crime-fuelled (and yet, oddly beautiful) world of Grand Theft Auto. Evoking the scenic Californian landscapes of GTA V, we “play” as vocalist/guitarist Baden Donegal as he confronts a NPC (bass guitarist Nic Blom) on a rooftop, navigates an idyllic oceanside mountain and, of course, steals a car and zooms through the streets.

Not everything is what it seems, though, as trippy glitches and jarring jump-cuts make it clear: there’s no cheat code that can save Ocean Alley from this head-spinning simulation. The mountain scenes were shot in New Zealand, while the rooftop and street shots were pulled together in Sydney.

The song sounds like it’s part of the GTA soundtrack, so we thought it would match up well,” the band said of their ambitious concept for the ‘West Coast’ video. “Mimicking the video game style movements of NPCs was a challenge but it was fun to have everyone involved in the film clip and give their acting skills a crack.”

West Coast is the fifth single from Low Altitude Living, joining previous hits ‘Touch Back Down’, ‘Deepest Darkness’ (#56 in the triple j Hottest 100 of 2022), ‘Home’ (#62) and ‘Double Vision’ (#59). The album arrived on October 14, 2022, and quickly became a hit for Ocean Alley: it debuted at #3 on the ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart – and #5 on the NZ Top 40 Albums Chart, making it the band’s first album to chart in New Zealand – was honoured as a triple j Feature Album, and saw Rolling Stone praise Donegal as “a magnetic frontman who delivers a soaring vocal performance of heady croons”.

After crushing it in 2022 with a string of worldwide headlining tours – where they sold more than 75,000 tickets across Australia and New Zealand, the UK, Europe and North America – as well as major festival appearances like Lost Paradise and Falls Festival over the New Year period, Ocean Alley kicked off 2023 by arriving at 14 total entries in triple j’s Hottest 100 across their catalogue, featuring for the past six consecutive years. This year, the band will feature on all stops of the Groovin The Moo tour and make an appearance at Darwin’s BASSINTHEGRASS festival in May, before embarking on a 18 date tour of North America in August and September. March 9 also marks the 5 year anniversary of their breakout record Chiaroscuro, with the band teasing updates to come in the weeks ahead.

West Coast is featured on Ocean Alley’s latest album
Low Altitude Living
Out now (Independent)

Available to stream and purchase

Ocean Alley will appear at:
Friday 21 April – Adelaide Showground, Wayville, SA
Saturday 22 April – Maitland Showground, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 23 April – Exhibition Park In Canberra, ACT
Saturday 29 April 2023 – Prince of Wales Showgrounds, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 30 April – Kawana Sports Western Precinct, Warana QLD
Saturday 6 May – Hay Park, WA
Saturday, 20 May – Mindil Beach, Darwin, NT
Saturday 12 August – Granada, Dallas, TX
Monday 14 August – Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville, TN
Tuesday 15 August – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
Wednesday 16 August – Beacham, Orlando, FL
Friday 18 August – Underground, Charlotte, NC
Saturday 19 August – Fillmore, Washington, DC
Sun 20 August – Brooklyn Bowl, Philadelphia, PA
Tuesday 22 August – Webster Hall, New York, NY
Wednesday 23 August – Royale, Boston, MA
Friday 25 August – Olympia, Montreal, QC
Sat 26 August – Danforth, Toronto, ON
Sun 27 August – Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL
Tuesday 29 August – Gothic, Denver, CO
Wednesday 30 August – Soundwell, Salt Lake City, UT
Friday 1 September – Malkin Bowl, Vancouver, BC
Tuesday 5 September – August Hall, San Francisco, CA
Thursday 7 September – The Observatory, San Diego, CA
Friday 8 September – Fonda, Los Angeles, CA

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