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Band Relish their chance for a change of Scene..; SUPERSTARS INVITE IRISH SUPPORT ACT TO DO IT AGAIN.


CHART-TOPPING band Ocean Colour Scene have invited Downpatrick rockers Relish to support them in London.

Simon Fowler, lead singer of Ocean Colour Scene, said the band were blown away by Relish when they supported them in Dublin last week.

Now the Irish trio of brothers Carl and Ken Papenfus and Darren Campbell are set to join Ocean Colour Scene at a number of English dates including the band's prestigious show at London's Forum.

Simon explained: "Relish supported us on the first two nights and after seeing them perform, we asked the guys to support us in London.

"Relish are great players and good performers - and besides that they're very fine people as well. So we want them to support us at the London Forum and in Guilford too.

"We were helped by a number of groups in our time and it's actually quite unusual to get a support band that makes you want to really try hard ... And Relish did."

Simon put on a tremendous show during Ocean Colour Scene's six-date stint at Dublin's Olympia, considering he was struck with the flu during his time in Ireland.

"I wasn't feeling to well really so instead of hitting the town with the rest of the band I went sight-seeing to Bray, Dalkey, Howth and a number of other places on the Dart line."

Ocean Colour Scene will be releasing a new single called Up On The Downside tomorrow, followed by their latest album, Mechanical Wonder, on April 9.

And it's already gone down a storm with the band's Irish fans.

"We had three bras thrown at us while we were on-stage at the Olympia," Simon said, laughing.

"We've never had that before. And it happened on three different nights - it's rather worrying and I wish it had happened in our 20s because it seems a bit inappropriate now.

"The first one was black and the next two were white so we just need one more and the whole group will be kitted out."

The band recorded their new album during the summer in only a month and Simon revealed that it had been inspired by his walks along the canal where he lives in the Midlands.

"A lot of the things I saw where I live made their way into the songs.

"Mechanical Wonder is all about walking along the canal banks. At certain points you'll hear the rumble of the M40 or the M42, there's a railway track somewhere else and as you go along, you'll see planes flying overhead making their way into Birmingham International Airport.

"So you're in the centre of transportation's history from canals to motorways.

"And in the track Sail On My Boat I name-check some canal boats which are moored up near where I live."

For this album the band have gone back to basics and Simon reckons he could sing any of the songs down his local pub.

"When I'm writing I imagine the songs are to be sung in pubs because that's where I started off - with my older brother singing The Boxer and smashing a beer tray off my head when it came to the part where cymbals should have kicked in.

"This is certainly the album that sounds like us the most and this album is the easiest to play live because it is the most live recording."

Ocean Colour Scene are coming back to Ireland in the summer for dates in Cork and Galway and they hope to be hooking up with Relish again then.

Carl Papenfus of Relish said the band were delighted to have been invited to play in London with Ocean Colour Scene.

"It was a real honour for us to play with them in Dublin because we've been fans of theirs for a long time.

"They're one of the few real bands around that consistently write good songs.

"We're doing our own tour in the UK in the summer and we have had some high profile support slots in Ireland.

"But playing in London's Forum is a big thing for us, particularly with such a great band.

"We feel really privileged to be asked."

Relish have just released their debut album Wildflowers which contains the three hit singles You I'm Thinking Of, Let It Fly and Rainbow Zephyr.


BREAK: Downpatrick rockers Relish are looking forward to a big gig in London with Ocean Colour Scene, right
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 25, 2001

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