Prior to joining Ocean Colour Scene, Sealey was singer and rhythm guitarist in Late, a four-piece indie/rock band from Astwood Bank, Redditch, Worcestershire who were active between 1997 and 2001. The band members were:Dan Sealey - vocals and rhythm guitar
Paul McCormack - lead guitar
Greg Young - bass guitar
Ted Atkinson - drums
In 2001, Late supported Ocean Colour Scene at a number of UK gigs in a slot which had previously been filled by Coldplay. Late were managed by Dan's father Dave Sealey, who was one half of folk/music hall duo Cosmotheka along with his brother Al Sealey. Late recorded one album, titled "All Major Routes". It is not known whether this was ever commercially released. Demo copies do exist though, with the following tracks included
Still Go On
See My Room
The Day Will Come
Women On Top
We Could Be Wasted
Man In The Middle
Take Me Home
"Man In The Middle" was re-recorded by Ocean Colour Scene for inclusion on the On the Leyline album. Also, footage exists of Late performing "Still Go On" on an unknown television show.
Sealey became involved with Birmingham band Ocean Colour Scene after the departure of original bass player and founder member Damon Minchella in late 2003. Sealey already had a loose connection to Ocean Colour Scene because his sister Claire is married to Matthew Fowler, the brother of Simon Fowler. Sealey 'sent a speculative text message to Simon saying if they were short he'd step up' and 'then in 4 January Dan gets a call from Simon asking if he could fill in on the bass for a gig at the Albert Hall for a Ronnie Lane tribute gig. Dan said "YES", nailed the gig and has been playing bass for OCS ever since.'
He was not asked to contribute to the last OCS album, Painting or to join them on future tours.
2012 saw Sealey and Ocean Colour Scene band mate Fowler team up with multi-instrumentalist Mike McNamara to release a record, eventually called Simon Fowlers Merrymouth featuring guest appearances from John McCusker and Andy Cutting. Its "solo release" would prove controversial.
2014, now called "Merrymouth", Sealey, Fowler and Adam Barry, founder member of The Misers, return with their second album, Wenlock Hill, featuring once again McCusker and a special appearance from Chas Hodges of Chas and Dave.
Sealey has written songs for both Merrymouth albums, including Last Train But One, In The Midst Of Summertime, Mr Marshall, Blink Of An Eye and That Man.
He also has a covers band called The Rock Bottoms (with Adam Barry).
In addition to his work with Ocean Colour Scene, Sealey has been writing and recording solo material for release in the near future, some of these songs can be heard on Sealey's Myspace page. Solo songs known to exist include:"Mr Marshall"
"I wanna go home"
"In the mids't of summer time"
"Long way to go"
Dan Sealey is a batsman and bowler for the Astwood Bank Village Cricket Club.