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Live Review: The Ocean Party, Day Ravies, Trust Punks, Melon Melon Melon

1 December 2014 | 2:07 pm | Max Harrison

The Ocean Party proved themselves to the Sydney crowd at the Lansdowne.

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The Ocean Party have toured their guitar pop all over Australia this November and finally made their way back to Sydney to headline the Lansdowne in support of their anticipated new album, Soft Focus.

The crowd was buzzing all night with a mega four-band line-up planned for the night, Melon Melon Melon graciously warming the stage from 8.30pm as the crowd slowly found their way into the venue. It was Trust Punks however who managed to kick up everything into full swing with their disjointed hallucinations. A powerful drummer and erotic guitar chords you can trust, they have the stamina to last all night if they want to.

Sydney’s much-loved Day Ravies jumped up on the stage as main support. The explosive electro-pop outfit overlooked the chockfull Lansdowne and proved that the new and improved venue has stepped up a notch with their overall sound.

Finally, The Ocean Party took to the stage, the crowd shouting eagerly for their jangly pop. Expecting a quintet, The Ocean Party has found a plus one in the form of a talented new bassist.

Throughout the evening every member had a go at trading repetitive guitar licks and sharing the microphone, the lead guitarist’s Quarter Life Crisis being one song filled with energy from the performers and received by the audience with love. But with smiles on their faces throughout are they really going through a quarter life crisis? And who was that girl in gold with the smooth voice that joined them onstage for two songs?

Recently signed to Spunk Records, the band proved they aren’t just any ordinary Australian band last night. A great performance of their latest single, Wading In, highlighting their ‘strayan voices slurring in the best kind of way. Onstage the band kept their banter high and it almost felt like they could be your best mate from Wagga Wagga.