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Wild Adriatic / Outer Stylie

March 29, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
The Stone Church
210 Main Street Brattleboro VT
Robin Johnson

Rooted in the rowdy spirit of rock & roll, Wild Adriatic has built an international audience on a combination of groove, grit, and guitar-heavy swagger.

With the power trio’s newest album, Feel, bandmates Travis Gray, Rich Derbyshire, and Mateo Vosganian update the sound of their influences — from Seventies rock to Motown to soul — for a contemporary audience, taking influence from the past but never losing sight of the present. They aren’t revivalists; they’re modern men, carrying the torch of melodic, riff-ready, high-energy rock into new territory.

Whittled into sharp shape by a touring schedule that’s kept them busy for roughly 175 days a year, including two European tours, countless stateside runs, and appearances at festivals like Bonnaroo, Wild Adriatic’s three members recorded Feel in Austin, teaming up with Grammy-nominated producer Frenchie Smith in the process. The goal was to shine a light on the
band’s strength as a live act, avoiding click tracks, digital instruments, sampled sounds, and other tricks of the recording studio. Instead, Wild Adriatic focused on the same core ingredients Gray’s guitar playing and soulful sweep of a voice; Vosganian’s percussive stomp; Derbyshire’sin-the-pocket bass.

Outer Stylie is a rock band located in the creative vortex that is the Pioneer Valley of Western, Massachusetts. Although the name originates with the release of their self titled album in 2008, the band really came to fruition in 2014 around the current line-up. Up until this point the band really searched for their sound. This is evident through many line-up changes and the vast difference in sound between albums. Their search equates to evolution, and their new album, Puzzles, scheduled for release Saturday, April 16th at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA, fully exemplifies the uniqueness of their sound, equal parts hard rock, psychedelic, groove, and soul.