Northern Beaches funk lords Ocean Alley have taken out the #1 spot in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2018 with their groove-fuelled hit single ‘Confidence’, also placing #100, #16 and #10 for their standout tracks ‘Happy Sad‘, Like a Version cover of ‘Baby Come Back‘ and ‘Knees’ in the world’s largest music poll.
An undeniable fan favourite, ‘Confidence’ was certified gold in November, having moved over 35,000 units in 2018 and now surpassing 13 million streams since it was released last February. Three tracks are taken from the band’s critically acclaimed second album Chiaroscuro, which debuted at #15 on the ARIA Album Chart and has gone on to clock up more than 35 million streams in its first 10 months – it’s future classic status affirmed being voted #2 Album of the Year in triple j’s end of year listener poll.
Fresh following the announcement, the band exclaimed “This is surreal. Thank you to our family, friends and all the team. To triple j and most importantly every single person that voted. Nothing is possible without your support.”
WATCH: Ocean Alley – ‘Confidence’
2018 saw Ocean Alley solidify their position as one of Australia’s most exciting bands, making their mark on the local and international touring circuit playing 96 shows across 10 countries and 60 cities, including selling 25,000 tickets across 15 sold out Australian shows. They were the 5th most played artist on triple j last year and have achieved the impressive feat of attaining over 900,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.
Ocean Alley are back on the road next month, touring nationally with Tash Sultana through February and March before stopping into New Zealand for six shows in April. They’ll return home for a performance at Byron Bay Bluesfest and then head back to the United States and Canada during the Australian winter months for an extensive run of dates.
Ocean Alley – Baden Donegal (vocals), Angus Goodwin (guitar), Nic Blom (bass), Lach Galbraith (keys/vocals), Mitch Galbraith (guitar) and Tom O’Brien (drums) – have continued to engross listeners with their soulful, dreamy tones and summer vibes. Their acclaimed second album Chiaroscurowas awarded the coveted triple j Feature Albumin 2018 and drew praise across the board, with Pileratsproclaiming “it finds a band at the absolute peak of their powers” and LifeWIthoutAndy declaring “Ocean Alley’s biggest days are still ahead of them.”
Ocean Alley – Chiaroscuro [Album]
Available to stream and purchase here.
OCEAN ALLEY performing at:
Tash Sultana Flow State National Tour
Saturday 12 January – Pineapple Fields, Sunshine Coast
Thursday 28 February – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Saturday 2 March – Botanical Gardens, Hobart
Friday 8 March – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Thursday 14 March – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
Thursday 21 March – Riverstage, Brisbane
Saturday 23 March – Mindil Beach, Darwin
Saturday 30 March – Fremantle Oval, Fremantle