I’m not big on energy—anything that’s not quantifiable or proven doesn’t really do it for me. At least, I wasn’t, until the other night. I guess I could’ve assumed that the first big gig I went to in the last couple years was going to be a goodie, but Ocean Alley delivered, man.
The peak of the gig was the solo in ‘Rage’, where guitarist and vocalist Baden Donegal really got into it. Followed by ‘Partner in Crime’, the crowd got the peak experience. At this point in the gig, the sound was so good that the words didn’t really matter. Saying the gig had any one peak would be wrong, though. It was more a plateau of really good music, which ended altogether too soon.
Ocean Alley’s gigs have a way of making you completely forget about whatever’s happening outside, drawing you completely into this world made entirely of sound and colour. It’s a pretty cool feeling to be somewhere so overwhelmingly positive. The energy of the band and the crowd played into each other until it felt like it was one unified force. Something about Ocean Alley just does that, every single time. I’ve yet to find another band that does that, in quite the same way.
Ocean Alley is made for the soul.