Odds Lane

Odds Lane

 St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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ODDSLANE is a St. Louis based Rootsy Alternative Pop/Rock band that creates music that fuses diverse influences from a wide range of styles, but maintains the integrity of what has become their own original sound.

Biography

ODDSLANE is a St. Louis based Rootsy Alternative Pop/Rock band that creates music that fuses diverse influences from a wide range of styles, but maintains the integrity of what has become their own original sound. The band primarily focuses on the material of the award winning singer/songwriter Doug Byrkit, who in 2003 co-founded the group with longtime musical partner Brian Zielie. Doug & Brian are continuing their musical partnership with their first album as ODDSLANE their current release entitled DARK MATTERS.

Doug and Brians partnership goes back many years with their first band together while still in high school. Since, they have maintained a close working relationship that has lasted through college and a host of musical projects. Through out their musical careers, they can boast such accomplishments as sharing stages with diverse artist such as Lifehouse, Pete Yorn, The Royal Southern Brotherhood, and Walter Trout as well as having toured Korea, Japan, and the Pacific Rim. As the core members of ODDSLANE, the pair has formed a creative relationship that blends their broad range of musical influences, ranging from The Beatles and Led Zeppelin to Tower of Power and Miles Davis, with their years of experience recording and touring. To the outside observer, it may seem that Brian plays a small role in the creative process, but his influence on Doug over the years has been the spearhead to the evolution of his songwriting.

ODDSLANE (originally under the name The Breakers) was formed in 2003 out of the ashes of several other defunct St. Louis groups (Zito, Flynova, Nadine, and The LP Outsiders to name a few) to work on selected material from Dougs recent demo projects. Shortly, they began recording and playing live to a steadily growing fan base. This first line up of the group quickly produced two EPs. The first of which, THE BOTTLENECK SESSIONS, twice earned them attention from the Memphis Regional Grammy Chapter along with some high profile national and international songwriting contests. It also caught the ear of those at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Sun Studio, most widely known as the studio that gave birth to Elvis, has been recording legends for years. ODDSLANE joined the ranks of legendary artist to record at Sun by invitation on the studios part as an effort to promote emerging talent. Both of these recordings were later combined into what became the release simply entitled SESSIONS.

The follow-up recording, SONGS FOR YOUNG EXECUTIVES, is the group's first full-length album. The album contains 13 tracks loosely based around the theme of corporate greed; a subject Doug had became all too familiar with while working in Corporate America before recently leaving to complete a graduate degree and to devote more time to music. The album is a mix of musical influences and real world playing experience, which along with the solid groove foundation provided by drummer Brian Zielie, merge into what can only be described as a true representation of ODDSLANE's own unique rock & roll sound. The album's single "Miles Away" has been featured on the hit television series The Deadliest Catch on The Discovery Channel, and continues to garner attention across the web and other media. The album and single have also gained industry attention among Nashville publishing houses with several independent film score and web placements.

After a successful Kickstarter.com campaign, the group released their 3rd album DARK MATTERS in late 2012, which is the first release under the name ODDSLANE. They have already acquired an endorsement deal with Steve Clayton, Inc. in conjunction with the release of DARK MATTERS and shortly after Doug Byrkit was named 2012 ASCAP Plus Award winner for his achievements in songwriting. The band has begun working the national & international promotional companies which has seen the album begin to chart on internet and terrestrial radio in the US and abroad. The group has secured multiple contracts to license music from the current album to major networks such as MTV, E, Oxygen, Fox Sports, A&E, etc as well as having placed music already in several independent projects including a full-length documentary by a former WWE Wrestler Nigel McGuinness. In addition, ODDSLANE was selected to appear and perform music from DARK MATTERS on The Chevy Music Showcase, with an entire episode in season 2 of the highly regarded syndicated television series devoted to them. The group plans to continue to promote the current album in 2013 and currently performs in the St. Louis metro and travels throughout the region in several different forms, from full electric band to acoustic solo gigs.

 

 


Lyrics

The Ballad Of Middle Management

Written By: Doug Byrkit

Nothing ever seems to work out
Nothing ever seems to be right
But that’s just the natural of this thing we call life

They told you that if you worked hard
All you have to do is live right
Then maybe one day you’ll be a big star

But words are nothing
You know better but still

You scream and you shout
But there’s no way out
You can run you can hide
But they’ll still bury you alive

Nothing ever seems to go your way
Nothing ever feels just right
Makes you to pack your things and get yourself a new life

They said that you were so pretty
And that you would really go far
You were really gonna be somebody

But words are nothing
You know better but still

You scream and you shout
But there’s no way out
You can run you can hide
But they’ll still bury you alive
And that’s if you’re lucky

Miles Away

Written By: Doug Byrkit

Out the door and I’m all alone
The big city seems so far from home
But I can’t turn back until I make it on my own

I try so hard each and everyday
I try so hard but it’s just always the same
I never seem to get any better at playing this game

I work my fingers to the bone

But now I’m miles away, and I’m never coming home
Never coming home, never coming home

I made a promise that I thought I could keep
Looks like I got in just a little too deep
Now I can’t turn back but I can’t get any sleep anymore

I try so hard but no one listens to me
Maybe this town and I will never agree
Seems like I couldn’t sell a dollar even if it were for free

Home, it was so good to me
But I, I ruin everything
How could I have been so wrong
I can never go home, never go home, I’m never going

Wait For It

Written By: Doug Byrkit

Wait, Wait for it
Don’t ignore it
Take some time to just work it out
You can’t help if you can’t help yourself

You’ve got to believe

Wait , wait for it
Don’t ignore it
Live, live for it
Hate is not what you need
Just got to believe

Save, save for it
Beg, beg for it
Let your soul have some time to work it out
Cause in the end you’ll climb your tower I have no doubt

If You Were English

Written By: Doug Byrkit


If you were English then you could've been a star
If you were anyone except for who you are
I'll give you everything and worship from afar

If you had diamonds then maybe you could play the part
If you felt anything except what's in your heart
I'd take it all away and hide it underground with not a sound

If I could touch your mind and make you understand
Then you could rule the world with only just one hand
We'd make the whole world sing and turn it upside down
with not a sound

If you had your guns then maybe you'd 've won the war
It's not as simple as it seemed like it was before
They took it all away and hide it underground with not a sound

If I, could touch your mind
Then you would see
Through my technology
I wanna show ya, things I wanna show ya

If you were English then you could've been a star
If you felt anything except what's in your heart
I'd take it all away and hide it underground with not a sound

Discography

DARK MATTERS released 2012

SONGS FOR YOUNG EXECUTIVES released 2007(originally released under the name THE BREAKERS)

SESSIONS released 2005 (originally released under the name THE BREAKERS)
Tracks 1-2 (SUN STUDIO RECORDINGS)
Tracks 3-7 (THE BOTTLENECK SESSIONS)

Set List

ORIGINAL SONG SET LIST (approx 45min- 1hr)

--Although when can pull out plenty of covers if needed