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by Kevin VanAntwerpen | In the Studio:

Snake Oil Charlatans You Will Find Your Way Back Home

Band Spotlight:

The Outer Vibe’s Modal Music Group


F SUCCESS IN THE music indus- try is based on some chemical reaction between musical talent, marketing, pack- aging and promotions, then the members of The Outer Vibe are chemists, slaving

away to find the perfect formula. The band has managed to gather this sort of

ability thanks to a nearly 10-year-long presence on the scene. “Since we are capable of

booking our own shows, doing our own recordings and design- ing our own artwork, we offer that for other bands as well,” said Sean Zuidgeest (vocals). “We want to be an all-in-one band creator.” Modal Music Group is based

What they’ve come up with is an organiza-

tion called “Modal Music Group” – a collage of various band-oriented services (including recording, graphic design, web design, etc.) that are meant to help artists on their path to success. Hosford explained that while the band is

THE OUTER VIBE Nick Hosford - Lead guitar Sean Zuidgeest - Vocals Lisa Kacos - Trumpet, Keys Andrew Dornoff - Bass Jeff Brems - Drums

out of studio in Belmont. Built by the band, it opened in the beginning of June. While The Outer Vibe’s albums have been home-recorded in a bedroom studio since 2003, Nick Hosford (lead guitar) said the band eventually needed a new facility. “It took us a year and a half from start to

finish [to construct],” Hosford said. “It is prob- ably one of the highest quality recording studios in the area. It’s got the most acoustically isolated sound rooms, and we’ve been buying all the best equipment for our band – so we don’t cut any corners.”

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excited to offer these services to its peers, it’s also selective – and the studio will be used pri- marily for artist recording and not commercial work. Arthur Guiness Talking and Mr. Mammoth are examples of two bands The Outer Vibe has worked with. “I think the work we’re going

to do will be things that are in- triguing and sparks our interests,” Hosford said. “If it’s interesting or we want to be a part of it – if we

see a band we like, we’ll be like ‘Hey, come over and record.’” The members of The Outer Vibe began

their hands-on approach in an effort to have complete artistic control over their image. “By us doing all these things ourselves,

it helps us create our own unique identity,” Hosford said. “When people go and see us, everything about is the way we created it to be. We’re just now at the point where we’re happy to help other bands and help other people do it.” n

writing, all of us kind of have our own take and we mesh with our unique styles.” The band entered Skull Studios

last February to begin work on its first full-length album. For the project, the band tapped producer Matt Ten Clay, who also mixed and mastered the group’s debut EP, Elixir. This time around the band is aiming for a “cohesive” feel. “There’s a lot of themes about

figuring yourself out,” Wicks said. “There’s a lot of negativity, though I

There’s currently no scheduled

release date for You Will Find Your Way Home. The band’s previous EP can be heard in its entirety at reverbnation. com/snakeoilcharlatans. n

SNAKE OIL CHARLATANS Dale Wicks -Vocals Andrew VerLee – Guitars/Keys Dave Nyhuis - Bass Adam Chandler –Drums

one of at least 10 particular categories (blues, rock, psychedelic and progres- sive just to name a few). That’s because Snake Oil Charlatans isn’t so much a genre band as it is the love child of many genres –with influences that range from blues legend Gary Moore to garage rock patriarchs Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. “We all come from similar, but


very different musical backgrounds,” Dave Nyhuis (bass) said. “When we’re

H E N A S K E D WHAT genre they fit into, the members of Snake Oil Charlatans could throw out any

didn’t mean it to be that way. It’s not a depressive album, for sure. It’s very hopeful.” Perhaps the best example of this

is the three-song suite at the end of the album. It begins with the song “Inertia,” which Wicks says is about staying in a comfortable, yet destruc- tive, situation. It’s followed up by “Foxfire,” a track about the conse- quences of being “lost.” But the suite closes with the title

track, “You Will Find Your Way Back Home.” “It ends with a very hopeful

note,” Wicks said. “We wanted it to be a ‘don’t stop trying’ type song.”


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