Ocean Colour Scene release their 7th studio album 'A Hyperactive Workout For The Flying Squad' on the 21st March. Written and recorded by Simon Fowler, Oscar Harrison and Steve Cradock in a Hunting Lodge in a remote part of the Scottish highland’s in 2004, the album showcases a real maturity and depth in the band’s song writing, taking inspiration from the likes of Neil Young, The Beatles, Lou Reed, U2 and Scott Walker.
'I suppose the influences from this album come from fifty years of rock music and the unique combination of our own individual experiences and musical contributions and what we have been through together as a band. It’s those collective experiences and the emotion that you all experience that creates the moment' said guitarist Steve Cradock.
Produced by Dave Eringa, 'A Hyperactive Workout For The Flying Squad' boasts thirteen tracks on the album featuring collaborations with Paul Weller, Jools Holland and soul stress Carleen Anderson. The album tracks are; Free My Name, Wah Wah, Drive Away, I Love You, This Day Should Last Forever, Move Things Over, Waving Not Drowning, Gods World, Another Time To Stay, Have You Got The Right, Start Of The Day and My Time.
Highlights of the album include the opening and appropriately titled track 'Everything Comes At The Right Time' a real inspirational driving record, full of attitude, fuelled by Steve Cradock’s electrifying guitar riffs, underpinned by Harrison’s rhythm section and Fowlers raw and edgy vocals. The band pay their respects to the late Beatle George Harrison with a groove heavy version of 'Wah Wah', a classic Beatle’s inspired song with Fowler’s raw and edgy vocals gliding effortlessly over the track that would even see George Harrison nodding his approval.
'Drive Away' is a simply beautiful and poignant record with remarkable similarities to U2’s classic 'One Love'. An emotive and powerful record, Drive Away is a classic record in the making and as Simon Fowler succinctly sums it up 'its one of the best records I have ever written.' 'I Love You' is a beautiful, dramatic and striking ballad, with Fowler paying homage to Roy Orbison and Velvet Underground, showcasing a real depth to Fowler’s song writing with a simple but elegant composition.
'This Day Should Last Forever' a brilliant up tempo folk inspired song and future Ocean Colour Scene anthem in the making, in the vein of 'The Day We Caught The Train'. A real feel-good and infectious record which features acclaimed Folk Musician John McCusker on violin to give a real Celtic undercurrent. “Waving Not Drowning” an emotive and beautifully inspirational record which features Paul Weller on guitars with Jools Holland on piano and organ duelling with Fowler’s vocals to capture a truly memorable song. Fowler demonstrates his ability to capture a perfect moment in song writing.
“A Hyperactive Workout For The Flying Squad.” will be released on 21st March on Sanctuary Records ahead of the bands UK tour in April.
Ocean Colour Scene dates – April 2005
2nd Liverpool Academy
3rd Cambridge Corn Exchange
4th Reading, Hexagon
6th Edinburgh, Usher Hall
7th Aberdeen, Music Hall
8th Glasgow, Academy
10th Belfast, Ulster Hall
12th Hull, City Hall
13th Stoke On Trent, Victoria Hall
14th Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
16th London, Brixton Academy
17th Southampton, Guildhall
18th Leicester, De Montfort Hall
20th UEA, Norwich
21st Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
22nd Bristol, Colston Hall
24th Brighton, Dome
25th Exeter, University Great Hall
26th Cardiff, University
28th Leeds University
29th Manchester Apollo
30th Newcastle, City Hall