Oct
29

Blacktop Mojo & Otherwise

Party where the Rock Stars do, Presented by 94.3 Kilo at Sunshine Studios Live

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OTHERWISE and Mascot Records will release the band’s new studio album
globally on November 8. The record is the band’s fourth studio release of new repertoire, and
first for Mascot Label Group.

A little danger makes rock music memorable. The edges cut deep and hit just as hard as any
hook does, leaving a mark forever. Tapping into the spirit of rebelliousness, OTHERWISE
embrace those edges on Defy. The Las Vegas quartet—Adrian Patrick [lead vocals], Ryan
Patrick [guitar, vocals], Tony Carboney [bass, vocals], and Brian Medeiros [drums]—push the
boundaries of their signature style in terms of both songcraft and sonic experimentation alike.
Most importantly, the boys hold nothing back…

“Rock ‘n’ roll was always meant to be dangerous,” Adrian proclaims. “We grew up in the last
era where nineties bands were Soul Rebels. They stood for something. They didn’t conform.
Since the greatest risks yield the greatest return, why play it safe? We decided to swing for the
fucking fences this time. In between the last album and now, we changed everything. I had two
sons, and it took their births for me to go, ‘Fuck it, we’ve got to shoot for the goddamned stars’.”
An impressive run thus far fortified a launchpad for them to shoot for the stars. OTHERWISE’s
quiet grind quietly elevated the group to the forefront of 21 st century rock. Since their self-titled
independent debut in 2006, they unleashed a string of fan favorite albums—True Love Never
Dies [2012], Peace At All Costs [2014], and Sleeping Lions [2017]. Along the way, they tallied
40 million-plus streams and shared the stage with everyone from Stone Sour to Papa Roach in
addition to shutting down Welcome To Rockville, Rocklahoma, and Shiprocked!, to name a few.
Sleeping Lions signaled the current turning point. They welcomed Tony and Brian into the fold,
and it would be their last offering for their previous label.

In 2018, they enlisted a new team and signed to Mascot. They also linked up with producer Matt
Good [Asking Alexandria, Hollywood Undead] for the first time, commuting from Las Vegas to
his Phoenix studio in order to cut these eleven tracks. “We hinted at an explorative spirit before,
but Defy is the full embrace of that adventurousness,” he goes on. “We got to a point of where
we’re supposed to be, creatively speaking. It’s a new chapter all-around, and we’re fired up
about it. Matt is the fastest and most creative, prolific producer we’ve ever worked with. He’s the
kind of guy we’ve always wanted in our corner. This is also the second album with Brian and
Tony. Everybody locked in. We got to explore together. It’s still familiar, but it’s a different
beast.”

The first single “Lifted” proves that. A wiry riff snakes around blunt lyrics “about getting fucked
up, alcohol, and drugs…it got me kicked off tours and banned from festivals.” Over handclaps,
he admits, “I’m living it up with a cup full of God knows what, got lines to cut.” “It’s about all
of the same shit that got me in trouble, and the label thought it was the best single to lead with,”
chuckles Adrian. “It’s fun. I’ve been the guy the song is about. I’ve lived that life. I’ve been
there. It’s real.”

The opener “Bad Trip” kicks down the door with ominous electronics and glitchy echoes before
a hard-hitting and hypnotic chant inspired by “an experience where my wife and I had a bad
vacation together, but it ended up being a good time. It also serves double duty as commentary
on the current nebulous state of affairs we find ourselves mired in a as a nation…as human
beings on this planet.” Elsewhere, “Don’t Even” takes no prisoners with a stranglehold groove
and knockout chorus. “We were without a label and back to being a garage band,” recalls
Adrian. “We just decided to call everybody out on ‘Don’t Even’.” The anthemic “Ain’t Done
Yet” doubles as “OTHERWISE’s mission statement.” Meanwhile, the emotionally charged
closer “Good Fight” strikes a different chord with its orchestral buildup and soaring refrain. “It’s
for my wife and sons as well as all of our families and friends who’ve had our backs in this crazy
life by music,” smiles Adrian. “It’s the last one we did. My dad always said, ‘You’ve got to fight
the good fight’. I felt some deeper connection to the phrase. It’s like it came from eons and
generations ago. This notion of fighting the good fight is part of our DNA.”

In the end, OTHERWISE do the most dangerous thing possible and uproot all expectations.
“When you listen to the record, I hope you go, ‘I did not expect that, but I love it’,” Adrian
leaves off. “It’s real rock ‘n’ roll with live guitars and drums, but it’s personal. This is my
fucking life. There’s no turning back. This band is the future of my family. It means everything
to me—and all of us. This is OTHERWISE.”
Blacktop Mojo, After touring concluded for the us in 2018, we returned home in October, where we locked ourselves in our band house for six months to write our third record “Under The Sun”. Recorded in 2019 at Rosewood Studios in Tyler, TX with our long time friend and producer Philip Mosley, “Under The Sun” is a semi-autobiographical account of colliding with adulthood and the pitfalls that come with modern romance. The music draws on a multitude of genres and styles and is a hodgepodge of a lot of sounds we love, that, hopefully, create something special.

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Sunshine Studios Live

3970 Clearview Frontage Road, Colorado Springs, CO, 80911

Talent

Blacktop Mojo / Otherwise

Lullwater / Kirra / Pretty Vague