Ocean Grove 'The Rhapsody Tapes' Album Review

Melbourne risk-takers Ocean Grove prepare to take you through the experience of Odd World Music, through the medium of debut album The Rhapsody Tapes. The quintet have set themselves a goal of upbringing the birth of their own music genre labelled "Odd World", and you are sure not going to be disappointed by this sub-genre of mayhem.

Opening with ‘What I Love About a Natural Woman’, studio helper Running Touch immediately makes his presence clear along with electronic interlude ‘From Dalight’, further solidifying the presence of producer talent within the Oceanic Continent.

Then running straight into an onslaught of riffage with the track entitled ‘Beers’ (which you immediately want to drink many of) this is the first encounter you have with the bands breakout member, bassist Dale Tanner. He provides vocal melodies and hooks to be proud of ranging from the face-melter hit single ‘Intimate Alien’ to the huge chorus’ of ‘The Wrong Way’. Also taking on a personal image to surprise the audience, but also seems fitting when they are present on stage.

When this group of Aussies come together absolute genius is being formed, with help of drummer and standout producer Sam Bassett showing everyone how to make your way around a drum-kit, laying down the incredible hip-hop beats seen in ‘Slow Soap Soak’. Vocalist Luke Holmes lays down very Keith Buckley-esque vocals, which notable single ‘These Boys Light Fires’ is a true example of.

The inventors of the new genre are spreading the teachings of Odd World in many formats, with the written context already available through the The Rhapsody Manifesto. The opening statement for the band on the album: "we would rather fade into obscurity and die out than live prosperously in a pigeonhole of mediocrity".

The band shows they are nothing less than Australia’s biggest risk takers, and if they continue in this direction then Odd World is the place to be. Hyper-reality awaits, and it is ground-breaking.

Notable Tracks: Beers, Thunderdome, Mr.Centipede

Playlist friend: Limp Bizkit, Korn, Silverchair