L-R Dan Burmester (guitar/vocals), Stu Young (bass/vocals), Niam Hegarty (guitar/vocals) and Dave McDonald (drums)
Critical Mass: Thanks for taking the time to talk with Critical Mass, Stu. For the people who may be new to The Outsiders, can you give us a little history on the band? How did you guy's get together? Stu Young: We started writing together in May 2008 in Wellington, New Zealand. We did some rough recordings for fun then recorded them a little better. At first we had no big aspirations for the band, we didn't even have a drummer at the time. But once we finished recording we realized the songs were good and we needed to get something going so we got our buddy Dave in on drums and started playing shows. Since then we've toured Australia 3 times, the U.S twice, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Wales, England plus we tour New Zealand constantly. CM: What are some of the bands musical influences? And do you incorporate those influences into your songs? SY: We're all punk rock/harcore fans, but everyone listens to different stuff. Niam and I are pop punk nerds, I listen to a lot of old soul music, Dave is big on metal and Dan is really big on country music. So there really is a lot of stuff influencing us musically. CM: Is there a principle songwriter in the band, or do you all take part in the songwriting process? SY: We all contribute. Niam, Dan and I all write and sing in the band which means that when we're focused we can put songs together very quickly and stuff doesn't sound to similar.. Dave is a very versatile drummer which helps a lot as well.
CM: The band has been here in the states for about a month now, on tour. Is this your first tour here? And how has the audience been responding to you? SY: We spent 3 weeks here last year, played Fest 9 and did about 10 other shows. The response we got was great so we decided to come back for a proper tour this year. I'm not always the best at judging but from what
I can tell most people at our shows enjoy our tunes which is great. We're doing quite a few shows with Cobra Skulls & Nothington which has been a blast, those guys have really been looking after us CM: Your debut EP just came out here in the states recently. And it is great. Now, all of the tracks were recorded between '08 and '09. Was this released in your home country prior to it's release here?
SY: I mentioned earlier we started recording before we even played a show, the first 5 tracks on our debut EP are those particular songs. We released it ourselves at our first show and got a great response from the EP, which really encouraged us to push ourselves as a band and what we are capable of doing.
CM: With the tour underway and the EP officially having a U.S. release, are there any plans for new material in the near future? If/when this does happen, will it be released here as well as worldwide? SY: Well we have been lucky enough here in the states to have Underground Communique
release our EP, but we also have Anchorless Records releasing our new album 'Shallow Graves'. Its been great having both labels happy to release stuff here in the states at the same time and actually work together to help promote the band. In New Zealand Deadboy Records will be releasing our 'Shallow Graves' record early next year, and we'll be working on new songs over summer to try and get another new release out next year sometime.
CM: After your run of stateside gigs, are there plans for more shows in other countries? SY: For sure. After this tour we'll probably work on some new tunes for a couple months then tour Australia & New Zealand in February/March. The plan is to do Europe and the U.S sometime in the middle of next year, hopefully with another new album.
CM: With 2011 coming to a close fast, what plans do The Outsiders have for the rest of the year? SY: Firstly, we want to make the most of the rest of the tour we're doing at the moment. We work extremely hard to do this but we also know how lucky we are to have these opportunities. Once home, we'll be writing like crazy. CM: Is there a website you guy's wanna plug where we can get up to date news on gigs, releases and merch? SY: Just hit us up on the evil that is Facebook.
CM: Thanks again for talking with Critical Mass guy's. I love the EP and I hope the rest of your shows here in the U.S. go well for you. And I'm looking forward to more music in the new year. All the best to you! Thanks again. SY: Thanks Chris, if it wasn't for people like you it would be even harder for bands like us to do what we love. Cheers!!