“Melbourne band Okay Dane craft punchy, anthemic indie rock…leads to some truly satisfying chorus harmonies that work a treat juxtaposed with searing guitars and propulsive rhythms.”
“…they balance hard hitting energy with carefully crafted melodies…”
“Okay Dane just cranked up the grunge drama on this track and as if by instinct, I was compelled to rip out the pages of my diary in anguish.”
Triple J Unearthed, Dave Ruby Howe
“…a solid and endearing bitta grunge with a chorus that packs a serious punch.”
Triple J Unearthed, Abby Butler
After using 2020 to the best of their advantage in honing the sound of a brand new chapter for the band, Melbourne alternative rock group Okay Dane re-emerge for 2021 revitalised and primed for a long overdue return to stages.
With their new single, Different Waves, the band demonstrates that their dynamic as songwriters and performers has continued to strengthen over their last year of writing and studio sessions, building consistently off the back of 2020 releases Someday and Erase.
The release of Different Waves signifies a proud step forward for Okay Dane and represents a snapshot of how far they’ve come as a unit over the last 18 months. And to coincide with the release of their new single, the band is also stoked to announce Australian tour dates for August and September!
Different Waves, like Okay Dane’s earlier releases, comes marked by impassioned vocal delivery and melodies, in a similar vein to bands like WAAX, Violent Soho and Tired Lion. Recorded at Holes and Corners studios in Melbourne, Different Waves saw Okay Dane work with Jon Grace (KINGSWOOD, Northeast Party House) and Sam Sproull (The Getaway Plan, Eliza & The Delusionals) to elevate some already anthemic sounds on record.
Says songwriter Jake Kougioumtzis, writing Different Waves was a process in itself initially.
“‘Different Waves’ is the end product of a year-long process of trying things, hating them and throwing them out. It was definitely a rough patch and I had a hard time with writer’s block, and finding the right direction both lyrically and musically.
Once we were able to get back together after months of lockdowns and playing live again, it was like the ice had thawed, and I was able to find the right words and the music started pouring out. I was able to channel all of the stress, anxiety and tension of the last year into a new batch of songs and ‘Different Waves’ definitely feels like a reflection of all we’ve been through in the last year and a half.”
Okay Dane, Jake Kougioumtzis
Through August and September, Okay Dane will be back on the road to perform shows along the East Coast and South Australia. As the first taste of what’s coming next, these gigs are going to be great opportunities to hear how the band is fashioning their next steps forward!
OKAY DANE AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
Saturday 14th August | Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney
Saturday 21st August | O’Skulligans, Brisbane
Friday 27th August | Hotel Metro, Adelaide
Saturday 4th September | Last Chance, Melbourne
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With thanks to Beehive PR