Sometimes following your dreams means making a leap across state lines. After finding himself yearning for change, vocalist/guitarist Colin Orthmann made the jump from rural Oregon to the sunny skies of Los Angeles to pursue his passion for music that not only sticks in your head, but in your heart. While forming Outside Animals, Orthmann discovered that even though he felt like a bit of an outsider, standing out in LA was actually working to the band’s advantage.
“Outside Animals is going a little bit against the flow right now in LA music,” explains Orthmann. “There are a lot of bands that are going for an indie-pop or indie-folk sound, while we’re really going for a garage rock feel. No synthesizers and no backing tracks while we’re playing live.”
Taking influence from acts like the Strokes, Jimmy Eat World and Weezer, Orthmann joined forces with Mark Peters (bass) and Gabriel Grinata (drums), and began taking to the LA music scene to play shows like Echo Park Rising alongside LA Font, Big Black Delta, The Soft Pack, The Lonely Wild, Beach Party, and many more.
In the first release since their 2013 debut, “Black Room”, the band is now gearing up to unveil their new self-titled EP on June 10th.
“These songs are the product of me re-learning why I became an artist. After going through some rough patches with music and losing some band members, I wasn’t enjoying making music any more. But after some time away and a chance encounter with Rivers Cuomo from Weezer, I was inspired. I wanted to make something that I could listen to alongside old Weezer or Strokes records. I wrote the songs about really personal and emotional moments in my life and channeled the meaning from my favorite songs. The songs that have gotten me through some of the hardest moments in my life are the same ones whose influence I poured into the recordings on this EP.”
Armed with a killer EP, words of wisdom from Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo himself—who Orthmann met at a small production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth—and a summer filled with shows, Outside Animals is poised to take LA by storm.
For fans of: Strokes, Jimmy Eat World, Weezer