Formed by vocalist Bruce Ferguson in 2009, Long Branch, NJ hailing The Easy Outs quickly grabbed attention with their debut album at home and across Europe. It was the start of an adventure for band and fans which continues to excite and draw acclaim. Ahead of a new album already suggesting bolder imaginative exploits within the band’s sound, we managed to grab some of The Easy Outs’ time and get to know the band that little more intimately.
Hi guys and thanks for taking time out to talk with us.
Can you first introduce the band and give us some background to the start of the band?
Paul: I’m the newest, Wendy the band manager heard me play, I became a member a year ago in November (drummer)
Steve: Bruce started The Easy Outs, we knew each other for years and he asked me to come on board.
Mike: Bruce started the Easy Outs he asked me [too], I accepted.
John: I answered a grains list and the rest is history!
Were you involved in other bands before joining up?
Steve: I have been doing music most of my life and have been in other bands, some cover, some not.
Mike: yes, in other bands, all music inspires me.
John: been doing the cover band thing, this is my first original [project].
Paul: yes, been in many bands.
Bruce: I have been in other bands making albums over several years; this band is by far the best.
What inspired the band name?
It has a 70 feel to it.
Was there any specific idea behind the forming of the band and also in what you wanted it and your sound to offer?
Play great rock and roll, we want to offer a small space in music; 30 years from now someone might pick up our album for the first time, listen to it and love it, then you know you did something great.
Always, to be the best we can be and put out great listenable tunes that stick in your head.
Since your early days, how would you say your sound has evolved?
We are growing; the new forthcoming album is diverse of music, you can hear our sound, yet our growth too.
Has that growth been more organic or driven by the band deliberately wanting to try new things?
Both, pretty much.
Presumably across the band there is a wide range of inspirations; are there any in particular which have impacted on the band’s music?
So many impacted each one of us and still do to this day
Is there a particular process to the songwriting?
Steve, Paul, John and Mike start with a note; we have a foundation [upon which] Bruce writes the lyrics and melody; a collaboration.
Where do you, more often than not, draw the inspirations to the lyrical side of your songs?
Everywhere, Bruce hears what as a band we do instrumental then he gets a word or idea and runs with it.
Give us some background to your latest release.
It’s our sound, yet new too, we are all excited about it, going to be one great album, we are definitely proud of this; Paul brings it to a higher level
Can you give us some insight to the themes and premise behind it and its songs.
No theme really, just tunes we came up with; like we said it’s diverse in songs, we will surprise our fans.
Are you a band which goes into the studio with songs pretty much in their final state or prefer to develop them as you record?
Both, our producer Kurt Reil likes to hear what we have, sometimes we go in with just an idea. Bruce does vocals after we do tracks.
Tell us about the live side to the band, presumably the favourite aspect of the band?
We love playing live, the energy from people listening; we get on stage we are all in the same groove, if a mistake happens we all know it and make it work.
It is not easy for any new band to make an impact regionally let alone nationally and further afield. How have you found it?
We believe there is room for everyone as long as you keep your passion going for the music, no matter what genre you are in; make an impact!
How has the internet and social media impacted on the band to date? Do you see it as something destined to become a negative from a positive as the band grows and hopefully gets increasing success?
Social media is a blessing and curse, our manager works hard at it daily, no matter what, she is always posting, thanking people, getting the fans interested. If used properly it can help a great deal, we are in the technology age, the music industry is way different from 10 years ago.
Once again a big thanks for sharing time with us; anything you would like to add?
We want to thank everyone who has supported us through the years, buying CDs, coming out to shows, sharing our music.
For our latest album, look for the late spring 2017.
Thank you guys, rock on!
Pete RingMaster 28/12/2016
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