Having sold millions of records and headlined stadiums around the world, Simon and Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene have decided it’s time to take things back to basics. The singer and the drummer from the iconic Britpop band will be revisiting their enviable back catalogue in acoustic form. These intimate shows, which will be travelling the UK and the summer festivals, will see the old anthems – The Riverboat Song, Hundred Mile High City, The Day We Caught The Train – performed the way that Simon originally conceived them: on acoustic guitar.
These shows are the latest chapter in a remarkable career that’s seen OCS rise from Breton shirt-wearing Stone Roses disciples to one of Britpop’s biggest bands (their 1998 arena tour was the biggest by any UK group that year). In their 25 years together, they’ve enjoyed five Top 10 albums, six Top 10 singles and a mantelpiece full of awards.
But behind all the swagger and the style were great songs, with words and melodies that found their way into your head and heart. It’s time to hear these songs again, stripped back but every bit as brilliant.