The Ocean Blue
October 21, 2022
615 West 100 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
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The Ocean Blue arrived as the 1980s drew to close, and their debut record on the famed Sire Records label in 1989 seemed to summarize the best of the musical decade. The band of four teenagers from Hershey, Pennsylvania quickly achieved widespread acclaim and radio & MTV airplay, with top 10 Modern Rock/College Radio hits like Between Something and Nothing, Drifting, Falling, and Vanity Fair. They followed their debut release with the dreamy and atmospheric Cerulean, which included perhaps their most beloved song, Ballerina Out of Control, and followed that with their third Sire release and highest charting pop album Beneath the Rhythm and Sound and the single Sublime, featuring a video of the band in the sublime landscape of Iceland. The band's fourth record for Mercury/PolyGram, See The Ocean Blue, delved into wider 60s and 70s stylings but with the band's 80s DNA peeking through.
The band left the majors in the late 90s and released several independent records in the coming decade, including 2000's Davy Jones Locker and 2004's Waterworks. In 2013, after a hiatus and much anticipation, the band released their first full length record in 10 years, Ultramarine, on Korda Records, a Minneapolis-based label cooperative the band helped launch that same year. The record was a welcome return for long-time fans of the band as well as a younger generation of like-minded fans, and garnered widespread praise as one of their very best albums. In 2015, the band worked with Sire and Rhino Records to reissue their first 3 Sire albums on vinyl and did wider touring in North and in South America, where some of their most passionate fans reside.
In 2019, the band returned with their signature dream pop sound on the beautifully powerful Kings and Queens / Knaves and Thieves and continues to tour for this release and the newly re-issued vinyl versions of their fourth record, See The Ocean Blue.