Strawberry Ocean Sea

The Arches presents

Strawberry Ocean Sea

Sat 4 Jun 2011 | 8pm | £6 + bf

Strawberry Ocean Sea at the Arches, Glasgow on Saturday 4th June.

Since forming in March 2010, Glasgow five piece Strawberry Ocean Sea filtered in to the local underground scene with a strikingly honest selling point: solid musicianship, and solid songwriting.

The name is an homage to singer and rhythm guitarist Jonny Skinner’s recurring dream of “a place where you can do what you want and be happy and have hope and belief”, and it shows in their massive, ambitious sound. Referencing the soaring heights of Arcade Fire and early U2 and the whimsical melancholy of Echo and The Bunnymen, as well as the lyrical home-town frustration of countless just-starting-out indie rock bands – who, unlike Strawberry Ocean Sea, with their anthemic choruses and big, dreamy lyrical compass, fail to live up to the grandeur of such musical comparisons from the offset.

Furious gigging across Glasgow and Edinburgh resulted in a sell out headline show at King Tut’s in January 2011 as part of the New Year’s Revolution series, which left a highly receptive crowd wanting more. Right enough, their tracks Enough Is Never Enough, Under The Moonlight and Today’s The Day were soon getting airplay from Ally McCrae and Jim Gellatly, as well as being touted as the Sun’s Ones To Watch, with Today’s The Day deemed ‘one of the best unsigned songs of the year’ by the Daily Record’s Rick Fulton.

Fresh from three dates supporting Glasvegas, this show is the first part of the launch of double A-side single Down By The River, with part two to follow later this summer.

Down By The River will be released as a digital download on iTunes on 4th June. Enough Is Never Enough, Under The Moonlight and Today’s The Day are available to download for free from the band’s website.

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