Aussie psychedelic rock band Ocean Alley took over London’s gorgeous Lafayette, with support from Sophie May, and proved just why they are hailed as one of Australia’s most exciting touring exports.
Just earlier this year, the six piece completed a successful UK tour which culminated in a sold out show London’s iconic Roundhouse. And if their 16-track set at Lafayette is anything to go by, it comes at no surprise.
Quickly filling the room with groovy beats and an infectious mood, it didn’t take the band long to get the crowd dancing and vibing along. Opener Tombstone off their latest record Lonely Diamond, went down a storm, with not a silent mouth in the room.
Feeding off the exuberant energy, Ocean Alley swiftly followed with Way Down and fan favourite Yellow Mellow. Delivering a set boasting with and showcasing their unbelievable musicianship and Baden Donegal’s fierce frontman skills, Ocean Alley came to party.
Whether it’s crowd pleasers like Infinity or recent single Deepest Darkness, Ocean Alley made this 600-cap venue feel like a sold out O2 Academy Brixton with the ferociousness of classic rock elements and the smooth Aussie psychedelic influences. And when the six piece dropped a Pink Floyd covers trio of Breathe (In the Air), Comfortably Numb, and Money it felt so natural and inclusive that Roger Waters himself would have been impressed.
Finishing their impeccable London stint with a cover of Player’s 1977 hit Baby Come Back and the band’s 2018 track Knees, it leaves us longing for the next Ocean Alley show already.