A festival line-up that includes Las Vegas rockers Otherwise is sure to be a kick-ass time. I’ve interviewed these guys three times now, the first being in Vegas. This time, the Jager was flowing and it was a pleasure to welcome the Wiseguyz to my home state of Pennsylvania! The band’s high-octane set was one of the highlights of the festival.
When talking about the fan’s response to the record, frontman Adrian Patrick told me that a lot of people have reached out and said that the album has been an inspiration, helping them through tough times. “If that’s [the album] what helps our country, our fans, our friends, and our family get through the hard times, then dammit we’ll take it,” Adrian stated. Lead guitarist Ryan Patrick added, “We’re earning every fan one-at-a-time, and we appreciate doing that.”
Otherwise have been grinding it out since I first met them back in October 2011 at 48 Hours Festival. Their major label debut, True Love Never Dies, was released on Century Media Records in early 2012. Before that, however, the band was already making waves. Fox News dubbed them one of the best unsigned bands in the country, and their single, “Soldiers”, sold over 10,000 copies on iTunes.
Now, they have a record deal and “Soldiers” is a hit single on rock radio. However, with all their mainstream success, the band has never wavered or forgotten who they are. They have been touring relentlessly for the past 2 years, playing festivals like 48 Hours, Rock On The Range, and Rock Allegiance, as well as supporting bands like Pop Evil, Hellyeah, Puddle of Mudd, Buckcherry, Taproot, and Hurt. Showing no signs of slowing down, then band is heading out on a fall tour with My Darkest Days. As long as Otherwise is around, rock music will never die. See you in October, brothers! – by Matt Bishop (Photos Courtesy of Paul Chaplin of The Patriot News and Otherwise)