Ocean Alley with El Niven And The Alibi

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Ocean Alley with El Niven And The Alibi

El Niven and The Alibi

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Starlite Room – Temple


Off Sale

This event is 18 and over

Ocean Alley
Ocean Alley
Ocean Alley continue to solidify their place as one of Australia’s most exciting independent bands, with their sophomore album ‘Chiaroscuro’ set for release on March 9 via UNIFIED Music Group. The album will feature singles ‘The Comedown’ and ‘Overgrown’, along with new single ‘Confidence’ which is a melting pot of pure groove.

The band will celebrate the release of the album with their largest Australian headline shows to date in April & May, alongside their appearance at Groovin the Moo nationally.

Following on from their 2016 full length debut Lost Tropics, Ocean Alley have worked hard on the road, taking their unique brand of psychedelic rock across the world, with sold out shows in the UK, Netherlands, Germany and New Zealand, along with their home country of Australia.

With multiple tours across the world to follow this year, Ocean Alley are set to rapidly build on the incredible DIY growth of their eclectic music and emphatic live show.
El Niven and The Alibi
El Niven and The Alibi
When Elliot Niven was 15, he crashed his parents’ car through a fence and into a neighbour’s tree.

These days, he’s more likely to drive his acoustic folk-rock through your speakers and into your soul. As part of Edmonton duo El Niven & The Alibi, the singer/guitarist delivers rugged and restless tunes about liquor, love and lone wolves — fuelled by intoxicating blasts of twang, melody and honesty.

“It’s kind of like therapy for us,” says Niven. “If I’m not happy about something, I’ll put it in a song.”

Drummer Jeff Burwash is the other half of El Niven & The Alibi. The two started writing tunes and playing stripped-down yet raucous sets after putting the brakes on their previous project, Stone Iris, a reggae-turned-rock outfit, in 2016.

“With Stone Iris, we had a good run and did a lot of awesome stuff, but I was done with it,” says Niven. “The music I’m making now is much different. You get older, you start looking at things and where you want to be, and an honesty comes out.”

A sense of danger also underlines many of El Niven & The Alibi’s songs. Next To Me, a sweet and jaunty ballad about Niven’s wife, hints at the exhilarating dizziness of love. “Driven by your mystery / You got me cruising through a feverish dream,” he swoons.

Likker, the duo’s lead single, sounds like a hearty pint-hoisting anthem, but it documents Niven’s much rockier affair with alcohol. “I wish the drink would last forever / But she tried to kill me / So I had to quit,” he admits.

The truth? Music saved Niven’s life. While he took guitar lessons as a child, he didn’t fully experience the power of music until his early 20s. Fresh out of rehab — after years of “drinking and getting into a lot of trouble” — he started jamming with his younger brother and entering battle-of-the-bands contests in his hometown of Calgary. “It was awesome,” he says. “It made getting up and going to work all good. I started listening to music again … then moved to Edmonton to take music at MacEwan University, which lasted a term because we got Stone Iris going.”

From the start, Niven has displayed a preternatural knack for melody, infectious choruses and stick-to-itiveness— with Stone Iris signing to Cadence Music, winning Indie Week 2014, and touring extensively through the U.S. and UK during the band’s seven-year career. Yet the full extent of his songwriting skills are only now on display with El Niven & The Alibi. The duo has recorded several songs, including Next To Me and Likker, with Brian Moncarz (Our Lady Peace, The Trews, Yukon Blonde) and plan to return to the studio in the months to come.

“I think we have all the ingredients,” says Niven. “I want people to think we’re new and interesting and be intrigued by it. I don’t want to be safe. I’ve got nothing to lose. We’ve got everything to lose by being safe.”
Venue Information:
The Starlite Room – Temple
10030 102 Street Northwest
Edmonton, AB, T5J 0V6