“Thrilling, weirdo party jams that have never heard of convention. Ocean Grove still proudly give not one single fuck.”
“Great heavy records are those that are different from the pack, and ‘Flip Phone Fantasy’ is a fiery beacon in this regard, one that excites as much as it surprises.”
Album Of The Week, The Music
“Ocean Grove starved for this album, they bled for this album. ‘Flip Phone Fantasy’ is that union of imagination, time, and sound manifest…history will never forget the name Ocean Grove.”
“The band embody the importance of individuality… ‘Flip Phone Fantasy’ is a fitting tribute to that, and a breathtaking adventure to be with.”
10/10, Depth Magazine
Oddball icons Ocean Grove have debuted at a whopping #8 on the ARIA Album Chart following the release of their sweltering new album Flip Phone Fantasy last Friday. The release also landed at #1 on the ARIA Vinyl Album chart.
The band’s technicolored sophomore record has been praised for its “no-fucks-given” attitude (Kerrang!), was named Album Of The Week via The Music, meanwhile Hysteria classed the record as one for the history books, asserting that the name Ocean Grove will never be forgotten alongside a whopping 10/10 review.
In true Ocean Grove fashion the four-piece – comprising frontman Dale Tanner, bassist Twiggy Hunter, guitarist Matt Henley and drummer Sam Bassal – remained as free and lawless as possible while birthing Flip Phone Fantasy, answering only to the truths of their famously-coined “Oddworld” while meticulously crafting every creative output themselves, from music production, to merch, to art.
Between the blistering chaos of opener ‘SUPERSTAR’, to the tenants of alt-rock present throughout ‘SENSE AGAIN’ and the dreamy haze of closer ‘FREAKS’, Ocean Grove plough through a thoughtfully complex series of moods and bends on Flip Phone Fantasy, refusing to sit still long enough to be categorised into anything other than pure creativity and resistance to the mainstream.
Ocean Grove will take their acclaimed record on the road in the latter half of 2020.
Flip Phone Fantasy is out now via UNFD.