Posted in music | tour dates on March 11, 2013

by Bill Pearis

ocean blue

Alt rock veterans The Ocean Blue, who signed to Sire Records while still attending high school in Hershey, PA and topped college and modern rock radio charts with their 1989 self-titled album, never broke up but have been on the dormant side since 1999's Davy Jones Locker. (An EP and a couple holidays singles surfaced in the '00s.) That will change next week (3/19) with Ultramarine, the band's first album since 1999. The band's signature sound -- jazzy, atmospheric pop -- has aged nicely, as has frontman David Schelzel's voice. You can stream the album's first single, "Sad Night, Where is Morning?," below.

The Ocean Blue are in Austin this week for SXSW but will hit the East Coast in late spring, including a show in NYC on June 1 at Mercury Lounge. (Too band they couldn't fit in an NYC Popfest performance while here.) Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (3/13) with the regular on-sale happening Friday (3/15) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with the new tracks and a few classic videos, below...

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The Ocean Blue - Blow My Mind

The Ocean Blue - Between Something and Nothing

The Ocean Blue - Drifting Falling

The Ocean Blue - Ballerina Out of Control

The Ocean Blue - 2013
Sat Mar 16 SXSW - BUFFALO BILLIARDS Austin TX
Fri May 17 CAFE DU NORD San Francisco CA
May 18 THE SATELLITE Los Angeles CA
Sun May 19 THE SATELLITE Los Angeles CA
Fri May 31 WORLD CAFE LIVE
Sat Jun 1 MERCURY LOUNGE New York NY
Sun Jun 2 CHAMELEON Lancaster PA
Wed Jun 12 GOTICA Lima PERU

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Comments (16)

Hey, is SXSW happening soon? I haven't seen anything about it anywhere

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2013 11:18 AM

great band. high school memories!

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2013 11:22 AM

BIG FAT DANE UP IN THE MIX

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2013 12:05 PM

I will hit this.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2013 12:46 PM

^really..those guy aren't lookers...you would hit that?

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2013 12:58 PM

longest first sentence ever

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2013 1:13 PM

Hey Bill Pearis, they do have an album more recent than 1999, you forgot about their album, Waterworks from 2002 or so, which had a cool sound to it.

Posted by Vanilla Lice | March 11, 2013 1:17 PM

drifting, falling

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2013 1:37 PM

@Vanilla Lice,

Waterworks was an EP.

-bill

Posted by bill p | March 11, 2013 1:40 PM

Is that the east coast tour? 2 cities??

Posted by Ray S | March 11, 2013 6:55 PM

they are anti gay bigots. fired their founding member steve lau for being gay.

Posted by Karter B | March 23, 2013 10:34 AM

^ cool, I'm gonna go out and buy their whole catalog! Thanks Karter. This whole gay thing really has gone too far, and being in the 90% I'm gonna start using my money to support the other side. Cool.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2013 10:44 AM

I just tied to use the key to my apartment to start a Navigator on my block, It didn't work, since that key wasn't make for that slot. You hear what I'm saying?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2013 10:46 AM

Going out on a limb here, but kinda feeliin that 10:34 is actually a pro gay bigot

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2013 11:03 AM

i like the comment saying they r going to buy the whole catalog bc they fired a guy for being gay. that's funny. i get tired of being beaten over the head with the gay thing in music & tv shows especially. just be gay. & shut up. stop making such a big deal abt it. but really, i don't know about that story & don't really care. u should own all their stuff. their music is beautiful & should be more popular & heard by more people.

Posted by tim | March 28, 2013 1:56 PM

I wish I could explain with words how much peace this song and video give me...its like being provided a portal to simplicity in times past when the world was a bit more normal.

Posted by Hall | September 21, 2014 4:27 PM

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