Outside the Box
Jonathan says: 'I really like almost every type of popular and classical music: baroque, gregorian chant, germanic opera, classic rock, punk, roots, reggae, afro pop, you name it. I do tend to come back to some things, like country-tinged alternative (e.g. REM and some of Lucinda Williams stuff) as reflected on our song 'Can't Hear.' I also like catchy alternative (what we used to call 'new wave'), like Foo Fighters, Fuel, as reflected on 'None of That' and 'Rand McNallee.' I think it is important for musicians and bands to know what they are and are not. This recognition is reflected in a comfort level and groove that the band, and it's audience, will appreciate. OTB is a modern rock band that plays pop tunes with an edge. I am comfortable with that, and so are our fans.' Dave says: 'As a child, I would take out all the pots and pans from my mother's kitchen cabinet and bang on them with spoons. This gave my parents the insight to sign me up for drum lessons at an early age. In sixth grade, I started learning the snare drum and taught myself from a music book called 'Stick Control' which is a highly recommended book for drummers old and new. Over time, my passion for drumming developed and I began taking drum set lessons. I became versed in rock and roll drumming techniques and studied relentlessly from a music book called 'Realistic Rock' by Carmine Appice (the legend). Beside Carmine, my other drumming favorites include Stewart Copeland (from the Police), Buddy Rich, Alex Van Halen, and Steve Gadd. In closing, I would like to express my thanks to the OTB Army and our supportive fans.' Gene says: 'I've been into a number of sounds over the years - from gamelan to techno. Elvis Costello, Nanci Griffith, Paul Westerberg and Bruce Robison are all great songwriters. In Washington, there are few things better than a late night at the Vegas Lounge. Iota is another great place for music (how big are they gonna grow?), as is the 9:30 Club. I think my favorite thing about OTB is the cohesion, musically and personality-wise. Everyone brings something a little different to the mix and it all comes together.'