Ocean Grove: “I just want to be able to write a riff, hit record and play – nothing fancy”

Ocean Grove. Credit: Michelle Grace Hunder
(Image credit: Michelle Grace Hunder)

Throughout history, there have been oodles of bands plagued by shit luck – and as far as Australia’s ever-burgeoning heavy music scene is concerned, Ocean Grove might very well just take out the top prize. They’ve navigated controversy, a revolving door of personnel, and all manner of behind-the-scenes clusterf***ery – to say the least, their tell-all book will be one hell of a read – but perhaps their most punishing blow was doled in the lead-up to their second album, Flip Phone Fantasy. 

It was just two days before its March 13th, 2020 release that the WHO declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic, effectively axing the group’s plans – ambitious ones at that – to make their assault on the international stage. But never the ones to let a hiccup doom them, Ocean Grove wasted no time dusting off their thinking caps, and almost immediately started chipping away at LP3. 

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…

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