LINE OF OUTCASTS
ROCK - Alternative
Line of Outcasts were a little surprised when their first gig was a headlining spot at G-Daddy’s BBC, sharing the stage with Eponymous and Blame It On Cain; but this impressive group of musicians and their alt rock sound have been building a buzz in the Milwaukee area since they began writing material in 2015.
The band started when singer/songwriter Adam Smith contacted lead guitarist Steve Fix and wanted a reunion. Years before the two collaborated in the group known as A Line Between. Fueled by a mutual interest in alternative rock, the two began recording original material in Steve’s home studio. “It became clear right away that we had something worthwhile after the first few demos’ says Smith, ‘Fix and me picked up where we left off with ALB, and we knew the time was just right to bring back this classic sound.”
The band was soon joined by bassist Nick Ferguson, formerly of the reggae band Sebeh Tree, who sweetened up the mix with both his powerful bass riffs and unique guitar pedal board setup. “At first we had this sort of 90’s revival thing in mind,’ recalls Fix, ‘But when Nick came along, he started running his bass though all these guitar pedals / amps and we were like, cool!’ The combination worked, and it gave Line of Outcasts the unique edge that defines the band’s sound.
Line of Outcasts sound like alternative rock with progressive elements. Drummer John Holloway completes the foursome bringing a jazz influenced style of play to the group. Fix is influenced by both rock and jazz getting his sound from running his PRS through a Mesa halfstack.
Excited as they were with the new sounds they were laying, the band never anticipated the enthusiasm which fans shared of their music. “I can’t get over this band’ comments Amy Kunz of Milwaukee. “Their songs are fresh and familiar at the same time, with absolutely addictive melodies and lyrics to match.” Local promoter Mike Meier agrees, “Line of Outcasts stage presence should be registered with the FD