Chameleon Club Presents...
The Ocean Blue
Don Peris, The April Skies
223 North Water Street
Lancaster, PA, 17603
This event is all ages
The Ocean Blue
The Ocean Blue's debut record on the famed Sire Records label in 1989 achieved widespread acclaim and radio & MTV airplay. The band of four young high schoolers from Hershey, Pennsylvania went on to do two more well-received records for Sire, the atmospheric Cerulean and alt pop Beneath the Rhythm and Sound, and a fourth record for Mercury/PolyGram, See The Ocean Blue, before leaving the majors in the late 90s. The band did several independent releases in the 2000s, including Davy Jones Locker and Waterworks, and within the last several years began working on a new full length record, their first in over 10 years. That record, entitled Ultramarine, is scheduled for release March 19, 2013 on Korda Records, a new Minneapolis cooperative label that the band helped launch in late 2012.
Ultramarine is a spectacular return to form that recalls the band's earliest work, and should appeal to fans old and new alike.
Don Peris is the longtime and current guitarist for the innocence mission. His solo CDs include: Brighter Visions Beam Afar, a quiet instrumental offering of Christmas hymns arranged for solo guitar and gently performed by Don. ....Go When The Morning Shineth, Don's second solo CD, a "resplendent collection of music featuring the chiming, electromatic sound and occasional voice of Don Peris...and Don's first CD, Ten Silver Slide Trombones.
The April Skies
Hershey, PA’s THE APRIL SKIES are less capable of not making music than anyone you’re likely to come across. For singer/songwriter/guitarist Jake Crawford, it’s simply a matter of not having a shut-off valve. “I’m always writing songs. There’s never a moment where there is not some riff or melody or some lyrics playing in my head,” he says. “I simply couldn’t stop writing if I tried.” With the exception of the occasional hiatus, THE APRIL SKIES have been steadily making music since 1988. They ruled PA back in the early ’90s alongside the big guns like LIVE, THE OCEAN BLUE and SUDDENLY, TAMMY!, packing out clubs and in general enjoying the many perks that come with semi-national stardom.
THE APRIL SKIES deliver the goods not by imitation, but by a simple understanding of what it was that made bands like U2, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, and THE CURE so fresh and exciting in the first place, and folding those elements into their own sound. “That music is what we all grew up on and it’s truly ingrained in us. That’s why I think it’s so easy for us to sound like this,” Crawford shrugs. “It’s really who we are and what we do. We don’t purposely try to sound like anything. That would be fake.”
Pop Matters said about the band: “Watching this band mature into the juggernaut of pop-rock that they are now has been a joy. The April Skies soar as high as U2.” And the praise hasn’t stopped there.