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Below is the official ::cough cough:: Outspoken story.
Although some things have been hyped up to make us seem
way cool, we can't escape the fact that we're just plain
boring. Yet we implore you to read and judge for yourself!
Also below the story is a decently up to date list of
the equipment that is used by Outspoken. If you like
some sounds you hear from us, go check out the companies.
If not then just tell them you saw Element H playing
The Outspoken story begins in January 2000,in Nashville,Tennessee.
Guitarist Kevin McCreery was looking to relocate from
his hometown in Saginaw, Michigan when he came across
an ad on the Internet posted by a vocalist/songwriter
looking to form a band.
"David(E) was the first call I'd made in hopes
to find a gig in Nashville.The call lasted about 45
minutes and by the end of it we knew had something special
without even hearing each other's music.We talked about
our previous bands, musical influences, and our goals.It
was a very exhilarating conversation"said Kevin.
That conversation led Kevin on a 600 mile drive that
would happen many more times after this meeting.
"My first night in Nashville, we went to the Bourbon
Street Blues Bar for a night out and our manager Scott
Frazier asked the band that was playing if I could sit
in and jam. They said yes and that was my audition for
E, it was a blast."
After that night it was decided that i would move to
Nashville as soon as possible. It took a few months
driving back and forth from Michigan to Nashville but
I finally made the move in July. I left everything behind,
basically. I sold almost everything that i owned, and
what i didn't sell got packed in my truck and I hit
the road. Lucky for me i have friends in Nashville and
they invited me to stay for as long as I needed.
E and Kevin started writing and recording while looking
for musicians to complete the project. E, originally
from Louisville, Kentucky, decided to go home for a
visit one weekend in August. He went out to a local
club for the evening to see a band called What Ever
They were the most popular band in town and that night
he discovered that they were breaking up. He approached
guitarist Shaun Kennedy and drummer Donnie Highland
that evening. They were both into the idea of getting
together and seeing what happened. E gave them a 3 song
demo of the newest songs they had written and set a
date to get together. Also contacted was Jason Stepp,
an old friend of E's, to fill the bass slot.
"Things started happening pretty quickly once we
all got together" Kevin remembers. "E and
I would write during the week and then go to Louisville
every weekend to rehearse. Finally we decided that we
would move to Louisville so we could all be together
in the same city. It was the most logical decision"
The band started writing new songs and performing around
Louisville. By January of 2001, Outspoken had a buzz
going in the music industry and lined up a trip to New
York City to play a string of showcases. But three weeks
before leaving for The Big Apple, Jason announced that
he was leaving the band. The band was faced with the
task of finding an ample replacement for Stepp with
the added pressure of the upcoming showcases. Shaun
and Donnie knew exactly who should be the new bassist,
Fank Green from What Ever Will. Frank was given a demo
and knew it all by the next day.
"Frank came in and just fit...it was right."
Shaun said. Frank was hired virtually on the spot and
Outspoken was out playing again within four days.
The time for New York City had come. With a handful
of new songs and a new bassist, the band was ready to
give it their best shot. "I was completely overwhelmed
when we arrived in NYC, it was a dream come true for
me." reflects Kevin."We got to New York on
Tuesday at about 2:30 am and just walked the streets
in and around Times Square for 3 hours...It was unreal."
The first showcase was to be that evening at Arlene
Grocery located in the Bowery. Outspoken played to a
packed house with 3/4 of the crowd being in the music
"We were hyped and we had something to prove, to
ourselves and the labels." Donnie remembers. "
I have this memory," says Frank "of somewhere
in the middle of Revolving, saying to myself "Oh
my God...I'm in the biggest city in the world playing
in front of everyone who can make all my dreams come
It was the most surreal thing I've ever felt. Like i
was actually witnessing a turning point." After
the set they were introduced to execs from Atlantic,
Universal/Republic, Elektra, Roadrunner, and Warner
Bros. Another showcase was set up for Thursday night
at Don Hill's in Greenwich Village(where coincidentally
they went after the Arlene Grocery showcase to see Stabbing
Westward and generally got to taste the nightlife for
the first time) for Elektra Records only.
The day before the Elektra gig the bands management
was contacted by the director of A&R for Lava/Atlantic
and was told that he and Lava President Jason Flom(the
man responsible for the careers of Skid Row,Twisted
Sister,Kid Rock,Matchbox Twenty,Sugar Ray,The Corrs
and so many others) wanted to meet the band before Thursdays
showcase for drinks.
"We went out for drinks earlier in the evening
with Jason Flom and Andy Karp and they seemed genuinely
interested in the band." E said. "So they
were invited to the showcase as well." Which they
originally balked at because, after all, it WAS Elektra's
The 5 song set that night seemed to seal Outspoken's
fate. Both Elektra and Atlantic were ready to talk and
Warner Bros scheduled a meeting and lunch for the next
day.Then,lo and behold,after a whirlwind week in New
York City, it was time to go home.
Once back at home, the band immediately headed into
the studio to cut two new songs, Deeper Than Down and
Judging, that they were sure would seal the deal with
someone. The day after the songs left Louisville via
Fed Ex, Atlantic called and put an offer on the table.
After some amendments to the original offer Outspoken
signed with Lava/Atlantic Records.
"I know we're in good company with Jason and Andy"
Frank said."They signed Kid Rock, Matchbox Twenty,
Sugar Ray, The Cult, and now us!!! Plus I remember Jason
telling us that he isn't in the business of selling
500,000 albums...So that told me that he saw lots of
potential in the songs and the band."