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Open Air Stereo To Tour With Candlebox – Debut Album Out May 21st


New York, NY – Open Air Stereo will hit the road in support of their forthcoming new album Primates (Out May 21st) as support for Candlebox’s 20th Anniversary tour.

“The dream of going on an amazing tour has always been at the top of our list as a band, commented drummer Nick Gross.  “We couldn’t think of a better band to do it with than Candlebox. These guys have turned our dream into reality. They are giving us a shot to play our music to thousands of people, and we appreciate it so much. We are ready for an amazing tour!”

It’s obvious from the first time you hear a song off Open Air Stereo’s ten song debut album Primates that the band know exactly what they are doing; that much is clear from the rush of guitars and explosive percussion that punctuate all three minutes of “Love Is Blind,” which gives the impression not of a band just putting out their first record but one that has multiple albums and world tours under their belt.

“Living Proof” continues in this same vein, sounding like the best song that Audioslave never wrote, with a guitar lick straight out of the Tom Morello Guide To Awesome Guitar Licks.   The band shows their sentimental side on the beautiful, tender “Stuck On You” which will be the first single from the album.

Meeting in 2002 in their catechism class at the age of 13, Chase Johnson (vocals) and Nick Gross (Drums) bonded over a common love of music (Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors, to name a few), which resulted in Nick joining Chase’s band at the time.

In 2004 and 2005, Open Air Stereo spent their time playing multiple shows in the Orange County and Southern California scene, including shows at The Galaxy and KROQ’s Weenie Roast, eventually culminating with nominations in multiple categories at the OC Music Awards as well as the limited release of a self-titled EP.

The next year, MTV’s series Laguna Beach came into town. Chase became a main character in the series, which featured Open Air Stereo prominently. The series closed with the band’s sold-out performance at The Roxy Theatre. Scott Pounds (Guitar) joined the band around this time, and the band marvels to this day over being able to find such a talented guitarist through a Craigslist ad. Things were looking up.

They then signed Epic Records, and were diligently working on recording their debut album. Over a year-and-a-half of writing and recording eventually hit a creative blockade, and the sessions stalled. The band split for about three years, unsure of the future and uncertain that the music they had worked so hard to create would ever see the light of day.

But Chase and Nick knew that they had unfinished business, and this nagging sense of urgency brought them back together. They had grown up and changed over those years, and upon their return to the studio, completed Primates with new bassist Evan Smith completing their current lineup.

With a mix of songs written by the band and some co-written collaborations, Primates is an exercise in the tight, economical execution of rock-and-roll. The album was produced by an array of producers including Gavin Brown, Mike Plotnikoff, and Peter Stengaard; a large part of the writing on the album is with Marti Fredrikson (Daughtry, Aerosmith, Def Leppard).  Open Air Stereo has filtered their various influences through their own personal experiences to arrive with a fully realized and confident debut album.


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