By CALVIN PYNN
For the past 50 years, the Whisky a Go Go has garnered a reputation as a launching point for young musicians, as rock n’ roll legends such as The Doors, Alice Cooper, Buffalo Springfield and Metallica have all had their shot at playing the stage on the Sunset Strip.
This past Sunday, Aug. 3, Pulaski-based band Aside Oceans got its shot as well. The Whisky a Go Go was the band’s stop in Hollywood on a summer tour, which has taken the band in a loop around the country.
“The west coast takes rock n’ roll so seriously, far more than the east coast,” said Brad Steele, Aside Ocean’s lead vocalist.
“Hollywood is exactly what the movies say it is,” he added. “It’s like a Neverland of sorts. You could feel young forever out there easily, the place looks like a giant movie set.”
Aside Oceans consists of Steele, his younger brother, Billy Steele, on lead guitar, rhythm guitarist Gabriel McFarland, bassist Tyler Davis, and drummer Steve Brooks.
According to Steele, the band spent the whole day at the Whisky. While there, they had a chance to talk to some of the people affiliated with the venue, who praised their set after seeing them play.
Aside Oceans co-headlined the Whisky a Go Go with Bobaflex, a metal band based out of Point Pleasant, W.Va. The band played a 45-minute set, and Steele said the venue was packed by the time they hit the stage.
According to Steele, getting booked at the legendary venue was just a matter of reaching out. They sent a press kit out to the venue for consideration.
“We will definitely be going back ASAP,” said Steele. “We are going to shoot for the Roxy or Rainbow Room, as well, while we are out there.”
The tour will continue through the end of the week. They are playing in Amarillo, Texas tonight. Throughout the week, the tour will take them to Fort Worth, Texas, Atlanta, Knoxville, Tenn. and Greensboro, N.C.
They will come back home to Pulaski this weekend.
“This tour has been insane,” Steele said. “We have played so many great shows on our way out there and met so many cool people. This tour has ensured that our band can make it out on the road and have built enough of a following to really start working ourselves.”
According to Steele, no mishaps or troubles have slowed down Aside Oceans on the tour.
The band is in the stages of finishing its third studio album. When they get home, they plan to record vocals, mix and master, and aim to release it at the beginning of next year.
Steele said that with this album, they plan to film a lot of music videos, and will shop it around to a few label interests, as well, before releasing. One of those prospects is Blue Note Records, as Aside Oceans managed to connect with their president, Don Was, when they competed for a record contract in “Gimme the Gig” two years ago.
Aside Oceans is also planning to shoot for the talk show circuit as well in the near future, according to Steele. In the meantime, however, their focus is finishing out the current tour.
“All in all, this tour has boosted our band morale to really stick at it,” said Steele. “We are turning heads every night out there. We’re so stoked for our future.”