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You are the alpha...gracias por nada.

by the Outside

An amalgamation of rock, metal, post-hardcore and dynamic energy driven audio.
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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1. 10%
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2. Luminous Veil
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3. Milky Way
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4. The perfect way I lost you
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5. Stoop to Kiss
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Album Notes
The Outside will make an impression. Delivering a combination of driving rhythms, melodic hooks and anthemic overtones, the end result is a unique tapestry of sound and emotion. Collectively hailing from NYC, The Outside offers something truly unique and passion filled, derived from each of their life and musical experiences. With lyrical swells weaving through pulsing backbeats, fierce warm melodies and cathedral hard bass lines, you won't soon forget the experience of The Outside - whether it's on stage or in your stereo.

Following the highly-anticipated release of their second EP- 'You are the alpha...gracias por nada'- the four members are storming stages with a more extensive song list of the emotionally-charged soundscapes that make them truly unique. Showcasing a matured, seasoned sound of the group, the 5 song EP is also a true representation of their energetic and captivating live shows.

"The Outside is the anti-Evanescence. Frontwoman Tree's vocals are spit out Kittie-style or released in a sugary Beth orton vibrato. The music is heavy but not abrasive or ham-fisted; in fact, the arrangements are befitting a Prog-Metal band (think Tool, not Dream Theatre). Dynamics are all over the board and also maintained long enough to establish a mood rather than toggling back and forth for effect. Having said all of that, fans of Evanescence will probably love them, too. Their second EP, You Are The Alpha...Gracias Por Nada, has generated a huge buzz, and demand for their stellar live show has them gassing up the van more and more often (including three trips to Cincy this year). With festival and magazine appearances increasing exponentially, The Outside are truly a band on their way up, but definitely one that will make it there with their artistic integrity intact.- Ezra Waller /

"Attending a live event where you find yourself relaxed is a great thing, although finding yourself surprised and tuned into something new is a gift in its own. Original, hard, sexy, edgy and deep are only a few words to describe the hand crafted masterpiece that is The Outside. Built from the mind, body and soul of four incredible musicians; Will on bass, Ben on guitar, Damien on drums and Tree grabbing the microphone to wake & bake your brain with ease.

To speak of anything but brilliance would be blasphemous. Their music, cutting edge, their stage presence, flawless and their energy is ecstatic. I was nearly knocked off my feet when they took the stage hostage; I honestly had no idea what to expect with the current state of music, but alas I was shocked yet once again. The moment The Outside came in, all life came to a halt. I had truly found myself in the center of scorned beauty and uplifting despair.

The Outside leaves you in love with a shattered heart while flying with broken wings. There is no definition for the excitement and pleasure given by the hands of these talented people. In music there are few moments where you feel euphoric, the drug that is music has been contaminated for far too long. But never fret, when The Outside finds itself on stage, you find yourself as high as a kite." -Metal


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Nick Rose

The Outside will trick you...
The Outside will trick you. The moment you think you?ve got it pegged or have an understanding of what it?s all about, the band will morph into something different. Uniqueness is a strength that The Outside certainly has in its corner.

The female vocalist, Tree, swoons, screams and supplies the grit for the band?s explosively huge rock sound. (Listen to the track Milky Way.) The Outside?s love of dynamics is obvious; the group creatively mixes decibel changes into its sound. Another thing the band does is incorporate accessible pop melodies into the most unexpected places. Rather than exploding with an anthem chorus where other bands usually do, the verses are the meat, while the choruses rest comfortably in between.


A blissful rock n' roll listening experience.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I pulled The Outside’s EP from its simple jacket sleeve (with minimalist, tongue-in-cheek cover). The next seventeen minutes plus, however, proved a blissful rock n’ roll listening experience. The New York-based band’s female vocalist, Tree, has great range, capable of belting out lyrics over crunching guitars one minute, then turning warm, seductive and soothing the next.

The Outside is in many ways similar to Kristen Hersh’s bands—Throwing Muses and Forty Foot Wave. They’re capable of playing the hardest core rockers or slower ballads with equal aplomb. The music is beautiful at every gain and distortion level. I’m really looking forward to future efforts.

Mike SOS

Yeah Yeah Yeahs on steroids
Sounding like Yeah Yeah Yeahs on steroids, The Outside’s barrage of melodic musings and off-kilter rhythms and timings intrigues and excites. The quartet’s latest five-track release hits hard yet knows when to tone it down so the differences in songs like “10%” feel that much more striking. Able to maintain a dreamy female vocal that viciously morphs into a guttural growl without warning help The Outside fine tune its usually dissonant yet uniquely angular wall of sound that at times is reminiscent of Tool clashing with Helmet, especially on the warped cosmic blues-metal of “Milky Way”. Dynamic as hell, heavy as lead, and enthralling throughout, this disc contains some post hardcore of the most volatile variety and should be handled with such regard.

New York Waste [Starr Tucker]

Powerful and passionate
Powerful and passionate - a mix of full tilt riffs, melodic tunes and baby doll vocals that catches you by surprise. Bad when she wants to be, good when it fits the mood...I like it when she's dirty. XOXOXO

This EP has 5 rockin' songs chock full of energy, emotion, and expression. It is immediately apparent that The Outside is fronted by a very able woman simply named Tree. Sonically speaking, on this recording the Smashing Pumpkins are invoked perhaps as much as Drill, Human Waste Project, and a non-electronic version of the Kidneythieves. My Ruin is thankfully not recalled, though a less drug-addled and more talented Hole or a more Rock-oriented Poe comes to mind. This is quite good stuff for those looking for some non-Pop Rock that really does rock and in fact offers something more than the disposable trash being forced down the public's collective throat as talent. The wall of sound guitars on "The Perfect Way I Lost You" produces a really memorable track and the multiple vocal tricks and styles are equally as nice. Track down this quartet soon and jump on the bandwagon now. The future appears to be bright for The Outside as I'm sure they're lookin' in -- sorry, I couldn't resist.

Bob Donovan

This band RAWKS!!!
I truly hope with all my heart that The Outside isn't one of those "We don't want a record deal, we're against commercialism" type of bands. Why? Because I feel that not mass producing this material and making it available to anyone who wants to hear it would be a crime and a bigger injustice to music fans than it would be to be on a label! This band RAWKS!!! BUY this CD! It will be one of the better Six Bucks you've spent in a while!

Crave Magazine

From the opening track on The Outside's second EP, You are the Alpha...Gracias por Nada, to the last note on this very short EP, it's clear some true vocal talent - and really talent in general - exists in this band. Not since Skunk Anansie's Skin has a female vocalist displayed so much bowels-of-the-throat ability without losing or compromising her vocal beauty. Her name is Tree, and she's pissed: "They love you/adore you/when you fall down!"

Emma Martinez

The Outside Kicks Your Ass, Then Kisses It Better.
My favorite kind of music has the dynamic of the power and energy of hard rock against great melodies. The outside achieve this easily and make it flow so well.They excite me. Loud hard music with great drumming from Damien and amazing vocals from Tree, yelling from her gut one minute then singing a sweet and gentle melody the next. I can't stop playing this CD. All tracks are great but I particularly love to yell along to Milky Way.