The Outer Vibe (Guitar) (“Surf Disco”)
- Sean Zee (Vocals)
- Nick Hosford (Guitar)
- Lisa Kacos (Trumpet/Keys)
- Andrew Dornoff (Bass)
- Noah Snyder (Drums)
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 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 nationwide in May 2015 as a full length album, “Full Circle.”
“Clint Eastwood drinking a pina colada at a Dick Dale concert” is the band’s description of the sounds of “Full Circle.” Offering a more introspective explanation, Dollar says, “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.”
The Outer Vibe released four songs from this collection in January 2015, an EP titled “Pass It On,” as a chain letter-style experiment. The band is encouraging everyone with a copy to share the music with someone they think would appreciate it. By charting the EP’s whereabouts across the world, the results include over a dozen US states, Hong Kong, Australia, Denmark, Russia, and more.
“Full Circle” is a follow-up to their 2012 album “Hoka Hey”, which independently achieved much success, achieving 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.
Sean Zee E-mail: email@example.com
The Outer Vibe is the revival of rock and roll’s classic power and free thinking soul. The high energy 5 piece group uses trumpet and keys to color their Led Zeppelin, Queen, and Chicago-inspired music. Their sound is an innovative take on rock music’s most timeless elements, which pays tribute to the voice that screamed out in the 1960’s and 70’s for change and freedom.
The Outer Vibe has independently recorded and produced 3 full-length albums, and has sold approximately 2000 CDs in the past year. They are currently gathering material for a fourth full length album.
The group is known to fill up to a 900-person capacity concert venue (i.e. Grand Rapids rock club staple, The Intersection). In the most recent year The Outer Vibe has played over 50 shows within a 200-mile radius.
97.9 WGRD, Grand Rapids most listened-to rock station, selected the song Anybody Home from their 2006 release Games We Play to be a part of the WGRD Bootleg compilation CD. The Outer Vibe’s music has aired on a Clear Channel Communications radio station, 101.3 The Fox, as well as numerous independent and college radio stations.
The band has organized, hosted and performed at their own large scale local music showcase, titled The Big Gig, featuring a number of West Michigan artists.
The Outer Vibe performed at Fox Fest 2006, opening for REO Speedwagon and the Tubes, a result of winning the 13th annual Aris Hampers Hometown Rock Search. They have also taken first place in the East Lansing 97.5 NOW FM 2008 Hometown Rock Crown, the Central Michigan University Relay for Life 91.5 WHMW’s 2005 Battle of the Bands, the Grand Rapids 2004 97.9 WGRD Big Break Contest, and the 2001 West Michigan High School Battle of the Bands.
At the annual Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts (the biggest volunteer-run event in the nation), The Outer Vibe consistently has the highest CD sales of any musical act.
Other accomplishments of the band:
– Opened for Starship (formerly Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship) at the 78th annual Venetian Fest (Charlevoix, MI)
– Headlined the 18th annual National Baby Food Festival (Fremont, MI)
– Headlined the 16th annual Harborfest with Barrington “Bo” Henderson of The Temptations (South Haven, MI)
– Has also opened for: Days of the New, Electric Six, Local H, Kevin Max of D.C. Talk, Caroline’s Spine, Sponge, Primer 55, Bliss 66, The Hard Lessons, The Dirty Americans, We Are The Fury.
– Winners of the 2005 91.5 WHMW Central Michigan University Battle-of-the-bands
– Winners of the 2004 97.9 WGRD Big Break Contest
– Winners of the 2001 High School Battle-of-the-bands