LocationGrand Rapids MI United States
Sounds LikeCold War Kids, Vampire Weekend
Digital Locationwww.theoutervibe.com musicpage.com/theoutervibe
HistoryMember since: 11/04/2011 Year Founded: 2001
- Original material: 01 hrs : 30 min
- Cover material: 04 hrs : 00 min
- CDs released: 4
- CDs sold: 20000
- Digital songs sold: 6000
- Original Songs: 40
- Average Draw: 300
- Largest crowd: 10,000
- Have sound: Full PA
- Licensed songs: 3
Through their music and live performance, The Outer Vibe captures a “Big America” energy that is larger than a 1960s Detroit assembly line. Their sound is a collage of the motor city’s passion and power, the upbeat, good feelings of the West coast, and a cinematic southwestern nostalgia, a blend they like to call “surf disco.” The familiar, organic music supports a positive lyrical message of perseverance, maintaining relationships, and a carefree lifestyle.
The Outer Vibe’s latest music was created in collaboration with producer Brad Dollar (Grateful Dead, Keb-Mo, The National) and mastering engineer Joe LaPorta (The Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Vampire Weekend) and will be released in early 2015. They filled their studio with dusty vintage amps and keyboards and vintage-modeled microphones to accurately capture the sounds they desired.
When asked what the new music sounds like, the band’s immediate response is, “Clint Eastwood drinking a pina colada.” Offering a more introspective explanation, Dollar says, “The best way I can describe these sounds is how they make me feel. When I listen to the latest batch of The Outer Vibe productions, I feel like I'm on a vacation I don't want to leave. The guitars feel like a Cheshire smile on a sunny beach, the drums beat like perfect waves on the shore. Everything stays glued together with sticky-sweet vocals, trumpets sounding from the west, and bass sounds that walked down from another planet. All at the same moment providing reflection and rejoice.”
Their new music is a follow-up to their 2012 album “Hoka Hey”, which independently achieved much success, getting top 5 request at radio in Michigan, Wisconsin and the Dakotas and licensing from ABC News’s “Good Morning, America” and West Michigan’s Baker College in 2013.
The Holland SetinalSeptember 06, 2013
"They've also earned attention for their... Rock Camps for teens. It's another feather in the cap for a group that long ago established itself as West Michigan's most sought-after Rock acts, because of it's hyper-energetic and ultra-colorful stage shows."
Jivewired.comJune 24, 2012
"This band is a true rock-n-roll revival, an avant-garde tribute to classic power rock and free thinking soul that is both complicated and extravagant without coming across as, well, complicated and extravagant."
Indie Music DigestSeptember 10, 2012
"From start to finish Hoka Hey from “The Outer Vibe” is an amazing collection of music from these 5 from Michigan. The songwriting – world class, all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove."
Mlive.comJuly 29, 2011
"Grand Rapids rock band The Outer Vibe is finishing up its third Rock Camp in about a year at St. Cecilia Music Center, with 46 teenage musicians getting instruction on working together in a band, performing on stage and learning the ins and outs of music marketing."