The Ocean Colour Story story should already be the stuff of legend; a rip-roaring rock’n’folk odyssey set to a backdrop of fifteen years of U.K pop culture at its very best. But with OCS - now a nucleus of Simon Fowler (vocals/guitar), Steve Cradock (guitar/vocals) and Oscar Harrison (drums)- the urge to seek out new horizons always wins out.
Long term fans can breathe easy. Following the surprise departure of bassist Damon Michella mid-tour in 2003 (temporarily replaced by none other than Primal Scream’s Mani)and with the addition of bassist Dan Sealey and guitarist Andy Bennett.
the band have hit their best form since ’Moseley Shoals’. Cue ‘On The Leyline’. Recording at Simon’s house in Stratford-Upon-Avon over a twelve day period last year with producer John Rivers, the emphasis was on capturing the moment in the time-honoured way. Brimming over with needle-sharp rockers ( the XTC-esque title track) and joyous Everly Brothers inspired romps (‘Two Lovers’), ‘On The Leyline’ sees OCS breaking free of their comfort zone at every turn. It’s the epic 'Go To Sea', however, which will see glasses raised in appreciation on their upcoming tour.
If first single ‘I Told You So' is a jangle-pop classic in the spirit of ‘You Got It Bad’, ‘On The Leyline' boasts an experimental side too. And that album title? “After ‘Hyperactive Workout For The Flying Squad’ we wanted something a bit more simple” grins Steve. “For me, it’s about taking risks, and looking beyond the obvious to discover the best things in life” Which, as 2007 slowly comes into focus is a perfect description of OCS.