Monday 19 February 2018

Ocean Colour Scene at The Olympia: Proof that the band are immortal cockroaches

Gig review: Ocean Colour Scene at The Olympia, Dublin

Ocean Colour Scene
Ocean Colour Scene
Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

Ocean Colour Scene are the cockroaches of British music.

Blur took a lengthy hiatus and Oasis acrimoniously split after a nuclear fallout between the Gallagher brothers, but Birmingham Britpop behemoths Ocean Colour Scene have been trundling on relentlessly since 1989.

For two sold out nights in the Olympia, the dad rock nostalgists are rolling out a 20th anniversary performance of Moseley Shoals, their career defining second album that spawned some of their biggest hits including The Riverboat Song, which became the theme tune for Chris Evans’ TFI Friday.

Opening with a souped up cover of Day Tripper by the Beatles doesn’t deviate from the retro script. The risk of playing an album in full is that Moseley Shoals is top-loaded with the anthems The Riverboat Song and The Day We Caught the Train at the very start, so two evergreen crowd pleasers are almost immediately tossed away.

While album gigs can be irritating exercises as the element of surprise of a set list in a normal show is thrown out the window, it allows an opportunity for Ocean Colour Scene to demonstrate that their meal ticker record is a lot more melancholic and varied than it is often given credit for.

They reward the audience’s patience with a mass singalong for Profit in Peace. “You’re much better than the crowds in London,” singer Simon Fowler beams. “They’re too posh to sing.”

Drummer Oscar Harrison has reportedly “done his back in” according to Fowler, and a stand-in takes over his stool with an hour’s notice. Many bands would’ve pulled the show, but lest we forget, Ocean Colour Scene truly are immortal cockroaches after all.

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