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"Labeled Presents ‘Out of Nowhere’"


Labeled has a deal for you.
Come out to Playmakers Bar & Grill on Saturday night and go home with a copy of “Out of Nowhere,” the trio’s new five-song EP.
The disc, which will be in stores in September, features a pair of new songs: “In Disguise,” an acoustic-anchored power-ballad that hints of Pearl Jam in its surges and in Ryan Michael Whitmore’s vocals that sound like Eddie Vedder, and “Deadly Addiction,” a melodic hard rocker that again showcases Whitmore’s soaring voice and driving guitar.
The other three songs are heavier fan favorites – “The Thrill Inside,”, “Lies” and “Down” – that have been re-recorded to capture the power of the maturing band.
Labeled has been on the local scene for nearly a decade, having started playing clubs when Whitmore, bassist John Wiruth and drummer Gason G. Gerner were still teenagers.
As “Out of Nowhere” demonstrates, the trio has turned into one of Lincoln’s best hard rock outfits with a varied sound that draws on everything from heavy rock of the ‘70s and ‘80s to contemporary country.
Labeled is holding two shows at Playmakers, a 6 p.m. all-ages show and a 9 p.m. 21-and-over show.
- Lincoln Journal Star


Four demo/EP's. The latest, "Out of Nowhere" (2007), is the only disc currently available for distribution. All songs on the new EP have received airplay among FM 104.1 The Blaze, 92.3 Z-92, and 89.7 The River (Lincoln NE, Omaha NE, and Council Bluffs IA radio stations).



Hard rock band, Labeled, was formed in 1999 by two teenagers raised on the farm and on country music. Over the years into adulthood, Labeled fell in love with the study of rock music, and they experimented with many different styles, favoring Led Zeppelin, Motley Crue, Nirvana, and Godsmack, to name a few. But it was the innate country influences that really helped complete Labeled's unique sound. To show their appreciation for their roots, they often will perform songs by their hero, Johnny Cash, because in their opinion, He was the greatest rock star that ever sang country.
Labeled has played professionally for the last five years in small-to-medium-sized venues within 200 miles of home, where they performed cover tunes in four-hour marathon shows. Their tongue-in-cheek sets included classic rock, punk, metal, country, and even rap. They have built a regional fan base of over 2,000, with a faithful contingent traveling to every show. Over the years, though, they have compiled a large catalog of very serious original songs, and it was these songs that landed them opening spots for nationally prominent bands such as Hinder, Buckcherry, Theory of a Deadman, Alice Cooper, Tesla, Slaughter, Jackyl, and Warrant.
Labeled is shedding the cover format and will now be performing its own music in 30-, 60-, and 90-minute sets. The band has one of the keenest abilities in the music industry to alter its songwriting style to reflect its divergent influences, so the new original format is certain to mystify and entertain both young and old.