Las Vegas rockers soldier on
When the members of Otherwise share the story that prompted the title for the group’s forthcoming debut album, True Love Never Dies, one can appreciate the symbolism behind the concept. “Our cousin had those words tattooed on his neck, so now we’re holding onto that idea, and the belief that true love never dies,” explained guitarist Ryan Patrick of the album title. Still, as I lost my own best friend today, the album title really struck home in a way that only serious loss can truly convey.
The members of Otherwise wear their collective hearts on their proverbial sleeve. With every track on their album, which will be released May 8th by Century Media, the band leaves a bit of who they are behind. There is blood , rage, heartache, and hope in these songs.
The band, which was founded by Ryan, and his vocalist brother Adrian, rose up from the shimmering desolation of the Las Vegas strip and its surrounding desert. In a city of bright lights, brighter hopes, and often unhealthy measures of despair, the Patrick brothers began to create something that would lift the spirit with their music. Bandmates Flavio Ivan (bass) and Corky Gainsford (drums) soon joined the mission. The final piece came one night when an impetuous young guitarist from Chicago, Vassilios “V” Metropoulos, knocked on the brother’s door and refused to leave.
Word of Otherwise began to make ripples in the industry on two fronts. First, Adrian Patrick was tasked to record the male portion of a duet with Maria Brink for the In This Moment track, “The Promise”. Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch was slated to record it for the A Star Crossed Wasteland album, but for reasons outside either band’s control this never happened. However, the band was so impressed with Adrian’s performance, he got the nod to appear on the record. He then toured around with In This Moment for much of the band’s subsequent tour to perform this one song each night.
Meanwhile, Otherwise was hand-picked, as an unsigned act, to perform alongside Avenged Sevenfold and Five Finger Death Punch on the main stage of the inaugural 48 Hours Festival in October 2011. MTV Headbangers Ball host and Sirius XM DJ Jose Mangin was so impressed by the band that he immediately added their song “Soldiers” into rotation on Sirius XM’s Octane channel.
Now the band finds their hard work paying off: Signed to Century Media, their debut album just weeks way, and currently out with Lacuna Coil on one of the spring’s most exciting tours. It’s all falling into place, but the guys know this is only the first small victory in a long battle. We are all soldiers fighting for our dreams.
This week I sat down with Flavio, V, and Corky to talk about the band’s journey so far…