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Ocasan: Single release
Ocasan: Single release

Things are flowing very nicely for Milton Keynes players Ocasan, and that’s in no small part due to the release of their new single, The River.

On Saturday night the three-piece will play to the home crowd with a big bash at The Craufurd Arms, writes Sammy Jones.

It’s a night that is shaping up to be quite the show: “There’s a big buzz,” drummer Luke admitted.

“It has, unplanned, become an ‘Ocasan & friends’ night.

“We have a select group of well known local musicians featuring on certain songs and it will be our first time performing brand new tracks from our third album,” he said.

“These localshows mean so much to us. Nothing comes close to seeing familiar faces when you perform and we’re really looking forward to it.”

As for the song itself?

It’s an analogy for life, Luke said.

“The ocean represents death and no matter how hard we try and swim back upstream we always end up in the sea.

“We can sometimes take a moment to crawl up onto the bank to observe and digest life so far, where we are going, where we’ve come from... inevitably we always get swept downstream again,” he explained.

So far, band exploits have included skinny dipping with Bulgarians in the Black Sea and drinking champagne in hot tubs with millionaires, so there was a watery theme going on here, even before the release of The River, which it is hoped will make a splash too.

Certainly the accompanying video to the track is a belter of a promotional tool – hop 
on YouTube and you’ll be 
able to see what the fuss is about.

Then go catch them make waves on Saturday night at the Wolverton haunt.

Doors open at 7.30pm and support is coming from LTNT, Endless Mile and Mixed Blackout.

Tickets are on sale at a fiver in advance, a little more on the door.

For nearly 30 years, John Edwards has been flanked by masters Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt as the bassist in Status Quo.

But when he isn’t busy rockin’ all over the world (what, you can excuse that pun, surely?) John, aka Rhino, likes to keep his hand in with his solo stuff.

On Tuesday evening (March 10) Rhino’s Revenge will charge into The Craufurd Arms to play material from their debut album, and the soon to be released follow-up.

There has been a 15 years gap between releases.

“By any standards, that’s a long time between albums,” Rhino admits, “but when 
you are fortunate enough to be in a band like Quo, you don’t get too much spare time!” he says.

The band – also featuring Rhino’s sons Max on drums, Freddie on guitar and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Starritt – will also dig deep for Quo fans with plenty of classics ready to roll during the course of the gig.

“I haven’t played in Milton Keynes since 1983 I believe, when I supported Thin Lizzy at The Bowl,” he told me.

“It’s about time I showed my face in town again!

“I hear the Craufurd Arms is a rockin’ venue.

“Many of my friends have played there and only have good things to say about the venue, that’ll do for me.

“I’m hoping this will be the first of many visits to Milton Keynes,” he added.

“Let’s get to rockin!”

Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are six quid.