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Read Between The Lines

by The Out-Siders

A Grungy, Alternative, Hard Rockin, Sexy Album that gives you your fix 24/7 "Let there be ROCK".
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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1. Release
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2. Lies
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3. In the Air
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4. Alone
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5. Scarred
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6. Drowning
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7. Pills of Shame
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8. Everything's Blue
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9. Unforgivin'
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10. Tends to Fade
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11. Left Behind
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The eighties were the decade of decadence, where everything was done in excess, a time where hard rock bands like Motley Crue, Ratt, Wasp, and Poison ruled MTV...A time where every young kid in America wanted to be like their idols on Headbanger's Ball...Chris Blevins was no different. Here was a young teen whose talent exceeded these guitar-driven influences he was accustomed to. Although the 80's had left an indelible impression on Chris, it also left a bad taste in his mouth. It was an era in which bands were idolized not for their music, but instead for the outrageousness of their members.

Chris grew up in a small town in Mississippi, where he was singing to his mom's old Elvis records by the age of six. By fourteen, he was playing guitar, thinking that being a "guitar god" and indulging in the excesses of "sex, drugs, and rock n' roll" were what it was all about. But, by the time hair metal was a thing of the past, Nirvana had taken over the airwaves and Chris had slowly given up on his dream, now more lost than ever. The grunge revolution of the early nineties had quickly turned him against everything he had someday hoped to be.

Then one day, while Chris was hanging out with a new acquaintance, he discovered something that would change his life forever...a band with a huge blues influence, that played more straightforward rock n' roll than radio or MTV had seen or heard in years. When he asked the guy who this was, he replied, Candlebox. From that moment on, Chris had a new outlook on life, and had decided to become a singer/songwriter. He hasn't looked back since, forming countless bands and writing prolifically. The music he heard and felt that day made a lasting impression on him.

Chris now looks back on the eighties and acknowledges that if it weren't for those times there would have been no Nirvana, Blind Melon, or Candlebox, and he likely wouldn't have Dave Grohl (Nirvana), Shannon Hoon (Blind Melon), and Kevin Martin (Candlebox) to count as musical influences. "If it weren't for these guys I would have never found my calling," says Chris.

The past seven years have seen Chris Blevins form several very talented bands, including Area 51, Unglued (a band that opened for such acts as Warrant, Kiss Army, and Better Than Ezra), and Fallen (fln). Though each of these bands had the makings of something special, finding four band members with the talent and ambition to make it happen in the music business is a tall order. Thus, these bands made some noise but ultimately came and went.

These experiences led to the birth of Chris Blevins' newest project, The Out-Siders. Though definitely intended to be a band and not just a "solo project," The Out-Siders is currently a one-man show, with Chris writing and arranging all songs and enlisting the help of several talented musicians to record their parts.


Band Members:
Chris Blevins: Vocals/Guitar
Joe Gary (Spank the Monkey): Drums
Stacy Baldwin: Bass
Shane Heath: Lead Guitar


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Shawn Beard

Shot straight out of a cannon, the first song..............
The Out-Siders
Read Between the Lines!

Shot straight out of a cannon, the first song, Release, on The Out-Siders' new Cd, is in your face with crunching guitar riffs and throaty vocals. This is a song that makes you want to turn the volume to 11! It also has a very fluid, melodic lead, which is refreshing to hear in today's music scene. The sound reminds me of Creed's earlier, heavier work. This is easily my favorite track, and a great way to start a Cd...by the throat!

The next few tracks, Lies, and In the Air, tone it down a bit and bring a darker, more haunting vibe. There is a nice mix of mellow, undistorted guitar work blended with crunchy, loud guitars throughout this Cd. Alone takes this formula and creates a sort of athem for the touring musician, expressing the loneliness of the road and the longing for home.

Drowning brings back the heavy guitar hook with some killer drums. That's followed by Pills of Shame, which took me back to the 80's. It has a great acoustic, power ballad feel. In Everything's Blue, I can hear hints of the Candlebox influence that Chris speaks of in his interview.

If you like heavy music with influences ranging from the 80's and 90's to current times, with gravel laden vocals, then The Out-Siders are for you.

Shawn Beard, Rise Music Magazine!
5/16/05

Hoochiema

The Outsiders' new cd "Read Between The Lines" R-O-C-K-S!!!
If you haven't heard READ BETWEEN THE LINES by THE OUTSIDERS, you are losing out on some of the greastest rock sounds out yet. A mix of heavy rock and soft soulful songs with a message, this cd is bound for the TOP. It has a wide variety of sounds and words written by a singer and songwriter who sings and writes from his own soul. The talents, musical experience and professionalism of this group of awesome performers is beyond description and it shows clearly in their performance. WELL WORTH the minute amount of pocket change you have to drop for a great cd that will take you to another dimension of your mind and soul. It rocks you like you never been rocked before!