With the heat hovering over 100 degrees, Las Vegas based hard rockers Otherwise feel pretty much at home starting the first night of their headline tour in Boise, Idaho. Prior to the festivities, the Idaho Music Scene cornered brothers Ryan and Adrian Patrick to discuss their path to music, the recent shift in the band’s line up, the inspiration behind their debut album, and much more.
Otherwise released their debut album, “True Love Never Dies” earlier this year, and the train hasn’t slowed down since. Last fall, Sirius XM DJ and Headbanger’s Ball host, Jose Mangin picked up on the band’s song, “Soldiers” and began waving their flag. Now the song and album are paving the way for America to discover this talented quartet.
The band was founded by the Patrick brothers (on guitar and vocals, respectively) just a few years ago, but they’ve been playing music for years. Veteran drummer Corky Gainsford brings his own magic to the mix, and guitarist, now bassist, Vassilios Metropoulos is the quirky glue that solidifies it all.
Earlier this spring, Otherwise were fortunate to tour with Lacuna Coil, bringing the band’s music to an entirely new crowd that was more than receptive. With the band currently kicking off its own headline run, the guys are on the cusp of making a real name for themselves.
Less than two weeks before the guys were set to start the tour, longtime friend and bassist, Flavio Mendoza announced his retirement from the band. As luck would have it they had the perfect replacement already in the band. The band was originally a four-piece until Metropoulos camped out on their doorstep insisting they add him to the line-up as a second guitarist. With Flavio’s departure, “V” as he’s known moved over to four strings.
“He’s doing a hell of a job,” said Adrian. “He’s stepped up. He’s a hard working kid. So we’re very fortunate. You know the road is not for everybody. So it’s good to have some real solid road warriors.”
Being back to one guitar puts the full weight on Ryan’s shoulders for each performance, but he feels up to the task.
“When we did our album back in January, it was like a big deal for me as a guitarist because for once I actually recorded everything, the lead and the rhythm. Since I did do all that, I know all the parts like the back of my hand. So I’m not really nervous by the challenge. I’m looking forward to doing it.”
Listen to the full interview at left, pick up your copy of “True Love Never Dies”, and call your favorite radio station to request “Soldiers”.