Outbreak (band)

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Outbreak
Origin Maine, US
Genres Hardcore punk
Years active 2002–2011
Labels Bridge 9
Think Fast! Records
Trustkill Records
Associated acts Cruel Hand, No Trigger, Only Crime
Website www.facebook.com/outbreak
Members Ryan o'Connor (Vocals)
Erik Perkins (Drums)
Brian Kemsley (Guitar)
Billy Bean (Guitar)
Past members Thom Garwood
Chuck Bruce
Ira Goldfrank
Austin Lemieux
Joe Lacey
Chris Linkovich
Nate Manning
Seger Dailey
Chris Legg
Mikey Merante
Tim O'Connor

Outbreak is an American hardcore punk band from Maine. The group was founded in 2002 and has released two full-length albums, Failure on Bridge 9 and Outbreak on Think Fast! Records. The band has also released several other EP's, splits, and singles, notably appearing on the Saw VI: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack in 2009, along with Hatebreed, Type O Negative, Suicide Silence, Every Time I Die, and others.

History[edit]

Outbreak formed in western Maine in 2002[1] where vocalist Ryan O'Connor, drummer Ira Goldfrank, and guitarist Chuck Bruce attended high school together. They would later recruit Austin Lemieux on bass guitar[2] although the lineup would change several times over the years to follow.[3] Practice sessions were originally conducted in an abandoned warehouse in Kingfield, Maine.[4] The group started out playing locally, and quickly generated a buzz within the hardcore punk scene,[5] which ultimately lead to their signing to Bridge 9 Records.[6] The band released Failure in 2006, their first full length, which generally received positive press.[7] The band supported the effort with global touring including stops in Australia, Japan, Europe, and South America.[8] After a major lineup change in 2008 which saw most of the active lineup continuing on with their side project, Cruel Hand,[9] Outbreak would release their second full length album on O'Connor's own, Think Fast! Records,[10] with a distribution deal through Universal Music Group/Trustkill.[11] The album was released on November 10, 2009 and generally received positive press,[12] including write ups from Alternative Press and Outburn. Alternative Press called the album "tighter, smarter, and livelier"[13] while Outburn called it "thought provoking and exciting".[14] Outbreak would debut a song from the album via the Saw VI: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack in October 2009.[15]

Outbreak has supported acts such as Cro-Mags, Misery Signals, Comeback Kid, Bane, Sick Of It All, and Agnostic Front.[16] They have played national and international festivals including Bamboozle and Groezrock.[17] O'Connor cites hardcore punk pioneers such as Black Flag and Bad Brains as influences[18] as well as contemporary punk bands such as Rise Against.[19]

Though no official statements have been made, the band has remained inactive for the majority of 2011, 2012, 2013 and into 2014.[20]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
EPs
  • 2009: Work To Death (Think Fast!)
  • 2007: Split with Only Crime (Think Fast!)
  • 2005: Eaten Alive Reissue (Think Fast!)
  • 2004: You Make Us Sick (Bridge 9)
  • 2003: Eaten Alive (Western Front)
Compilation appearances

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newcomb, Jake (November 2, 2011). "Outbreak: Interview with Ryan O'Connor". Approaching Oblivion. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Outbreak biography on Sing365". Sing 365. 2006. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  3. ^ Aust, Jay (October 29, 2009). "Outbreak / Think Fast! Records interview". PastePunk. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  4. ^ "Outbreak biography on Sing365". Sing 365. 2006. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  5. ^ Wilkinson, Scott (October 16, 2010). "Scene Point Blank Hits The Fest 8". Scene Point Blank. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  6. ^ "Outbreak bio page on official Bridge 9 website". Bridge 9 Records. 2004. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  7. ^ "Outbreak "Failure" Reviews". Think Fast! Records. July 2006. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  8. ^ Hartranft, Craig (November 15, 2009). ""Outbreak" 2009 Album Review". Danger Dog. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  9. ^ Robertson, Oli (August 2010). "Exposure: Cruel Hand". Rock Sound (London) (138): 35. ISSN 1465-0185. 
  10. ^ Aust, Jay (October 29, 2009). "Outbreak / Think Fast! Records interview". PastePunk. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  11. ^ Aust, Jay (October 29, 2009). "Outbreak / Think Fast! Records interview". PastePunk. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  12. ^ ""Outbreak" album Reviews". Think Fast! Records. November 2009. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  13. ^ Boland, Casey (December 2007). ""Outbreak" album review in Alternative Press" (257). Alternative Press. 
  14. ^ Moffitt, James (November 2009). ""Outbreak" album review in Outburn". Outburn. 
  15. ^ Hartranft, Craig (November 15, 2009). ""Outbreak" 2009 Album Review". Danger Dog. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  16. ^ Wilkinson, Scott (October 16, 2010). "Scene Point Blank Hits The Fest 8". Scene Point Blank. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  17. ^ Wilkinson, Scott (October 16, 2010). "Scene Point Blank Hits The Fest 8". Scene Point Blank. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  18. ^ Forand, Bobby (2006). "Outbreak featured on The Playlist". The Playlist. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  19. ^ Gonyea, Dan (April 2009). "Outbreak featured in AMP Magazine" (257). AMP. 
  20. ^ Newcomb, Jake (November 2, 2011). "Outbreak: Interview with Ryan O'Connor". Approaching Oblivion. Retrieved 2011-02-12.