By Keith Bailie
OCEAN Colour Scene’s acoustic set at the Limelight on Saturday April 5 has sold out. Promoters have revealed the gig has been so popular they are currently negotiating a possible venue change.
â€œWe really wanted to get back to basics with this albumâ€, he said.
â€œWe wanted to make a really stream-lined rockâ€™nâ€™roll record. As it turned out thereâ€™s some rockier tunes and some mellow stuff as well, but they work really well together.â€
Singer Simon Fowler believes the band has found a new work ethic in their old age.
He said: â€œWe were quite sensible for once. Steve would come over, weâ€™d work on the tunes and then agree to reconvene the next day, rather than head to the nearest bar.
“It really worked. next morning heâ€™d have come up with these amazing guitar parts.â€
Ocean Colour Scene have also stepped into the world of political protest with their anti-war song Go To Sea which highlights how the British Army courts young Scottish men. The controversial lyrics reads: â€œWhen youâ€™re twenty one and north of the border the chance is/The military man will come to offer you a hand and advances.â€
Fowler took the time to explain the thought process behind the lyrics: â€œItâ€™s about the fact the army concentrate on getting young guys in Scotland to sign up when they need to increase recruitment. The next thing, theyâ€™re off to Iraq.â€
This isnâ€™t the first time OCS have played an acoustic set.
Guitarist Steve said: â€œWe did an acoustic tour last Summer and backed it up with the â€˜Live Acoustic At The Jam Houseâ€™ album. It was a great opportunity to re-interpret the songs and remind people that weâ€™re still hereâ€.