A Rockin’ Rock Lines Interview With OVTLIER!
If you listen to Octane I’m sure you’ve heard of the band that calls themselves, Ovtlier (pronounced Outlier). Their name is getting bigger by the day and rightfully so. This five piece outfit from Rochester, New York, just released their latest single, “Who We Are”, on October 23rd through Zoid Entertainment/INgrooves. At this time the tune is just a single but could end up being a part of a full length album or EP.
“Who We Are” is a solid follow-up to the band’s ‘What Doesn’t Kill You’ album which featured the hit single ‘Buried Me Alive’ which saw a lot of love from Octane on Sirius Radio.
Led by the enigmatic frontman Joey Arena, Ovtlier has already captured the hearts of more than 60K daily followers online, more than 2.1 million views of fan-curated content on YouTube, over half a million streams Spotify, appearing in Revolver Magazine, Alternative Press, Loudwire, ABC News and had been selling out shows around the Northeast before the pandemic hit. Drawing influences from Breaking Benjamin, 30 Seconds To Mars, Korn, Periphery and others, Ovtlier brings the rock and metal edge to a new height of intensity.
“Who We Are” will hold a special place in the Ovtlier arsenal. “It’s a song that skims the surface of a personal hell; I have swept a lot of childhood trauma under the rug and just kept it moving throughout life. It feels damn near impossible to trust or let anyone in so I keep everyone at an arm’s length. Something I am currently working on and because I am determined to re-wire some of my perception pertaining to that, I look forward to the day this song is only artifact to a past self. Everything we go through starting with day no. 1 is what shapes us into “who we are” says Arena.
Inspired by everything 80’s to 90s grunge and NuMetal, Arena began playing guitar at the age of 11 on an old 3-string guitar. After achieving commercial success with his band, Young Bloods, Arena re-centered himself and began traveling eight hours from Rochester to Cleveland in search of an identity.
Playing sold-out hometown shows, touring the states and rapidly growing their fan-base among all types of music fans. Housing a hybrid sound that cross-pollinates into other sub-genres, giving a formula to freedom in songwriting and forever being able to validate surprise in their releases to come. Ovtlier is set out to deliver their most personal and intense work yet.
Check out my interview with Arena by clicking on the link below:
Until next time this is Big L saying ‘keep those horns up and rock on!! \m/ \m/
ABOUT ZOID ENTERTAINMENT;Zoid Entertainment Group is a music entertainment company formed by the Tsiolis Brothers as Zoid Recordings to release Eyes of Tomorrow, the debut album by the underground thrash legends Aftermath. While formed as a label from the outset, over the years Zoid has also managed Soil (J Records); Mother God Moviestar (Interscope Records/ Zoid); Stripping the Pistol (Floga Records/Zoid); and continues to manage Aftermath. Returning to its label roots in 2019, Zoid released Aftermath’s follow up album. The team only works on projects that they believe in.