This I must admit is one of my favorite rock/alt bands I have heard this year by far, already a fan of the track ‘Damned’! This southern California band has rich vocals similar to that of lead vocalist Dave Strauchman of Every Avenue, with a unique musical mix slightly swaying between the lines of The Fray and a less stagnant Daughtry along with the persuasive sound of band that has been perfecting their style for almost 11 years. Now to celebrate the band’s debut album ‘Primates’ they’ve embark on a spring tour making a much desired stop in Orlando at The Social Thursday, March 27th.
Read more about this rock band below when I caught up with vocalist Chase Johnson:
Define your band name? The name Open Air Stereo symbolizes that our music is “open” and out in the “air” for anyone to listen and perceive how they feel fit. It’s also a semi-indirect word representation of who we are as musicians, because we truly write our music for everyone and anyone who has the same passion for sound and lyricism as we do.
How long have you been performing as a band? Nick and myself (Chase) have been performing and writing music together since we were about 14. We met in church class, of all things, and really took a shining to one another. Several years down the line after signing to Epic/Sony records and then leaving Epic/ Sony records we decided to find a guitarist and bassist that wanted this career and drive for music as much as we did. We wanted to find our music family. That’s when Scott and Evan came in the picture and we’ve been going strong ever since.
Major musical influences? Too many to list all, because I love so many different genres and geographical types of music…whether it be Ravi Shankar from India to good old Aerosmith. But to name a few… Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, The 1975, The Beatles, Foals, Kings Of Leon and the list goes on and on!
Describe your sound? It’s hard to describe our sound, because it’s constantly evolving. We are writing new material nearly every single day, whether we are on the road or at home. But if you had a gun to my head, I would describe it as alternative-pop-rock.
Why did you want to start this group? This group was started for one simple reason: music was the only thing that ever made any real sense to us. It’s there for you at any time, place, or emotion. There’s something to be said about that.
Do any of you have a crazy /dramatic show experiences?
Hmm… other than the stuff I won’t divulge!? I would say it’s pretty dramatic feeling whenever you’re able to do what you love and share your music with large audiences.
How does the band write the songs?That’s a good question. The answer: every way, shape, and form imaginable. Sometimes it’s with a beat…sometimes it starts with guitar riff and other times it’s with melody.
Do you practice any unique methods of promoting upcoming shows?
We love social media and are always trying to find new and interesting ways of using it to broaden our audiences.
Is there anything you would like to tell our readers?
I’d like to say thank you for listening and stay up to date with us at www.openairstereo.com and please go get our single “Damned” on itunes! https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/damned-single/id820419857
Thanks Chase! And we look forward to the show!