Monday, June 26, 2006


As I mentioned before, my sister-in-law is married to a musician. Her husband is Justin Ray, lead singer of the group Outspent. I regret not profiling these guys sooner because they played their last show in their hometown of Eugene, Oregon at Luckey's club on June 16th. Gah!

This is what happens when you've got a group of young folk who are all growing up in all different directions. People move, lives become more complicated, friendships drift apart. Rumor has it that another band is already forming. Although I'm excited at the prospect of Justin moving down to Austin, TX (not only because the adorable niece and cool sister-in-law come with the package) perhaps setting up a new band and gathering new fans in a different part of the country, I know too well the daunting task of finding a new ensemble of people to work with. Fortunately, Justin's also got a solo career in the works (I prefer the mellow acoustics of Justin Ray the soloist opposed to Justin Ray lead singer of Outspent) which showcases as different aspect of his musical talents. Multidimensionality is a good trait to have. I'll profile that project at a later date.

Their sound is home grown indie rock with a touch of punk. Completely self taught on guitar, Justin's voice boarders on grungy and could stand few more beers and cigarettes to push it over the edge. Every now and then a brilliant guitar solo grabs your attention and the lyrics aren't vapid. I think it is unfortunate the group had to break up so soon because even though they were solid to begin with, they definitely had room for expansion. It would have been nice to see how big they would have ultimately become given the loyal fanbase.

Weird factoid: Justin bears an uncanny resemblance to Jerome Dillon of Nine Inch Nails.

Listen to:
"Death and Taxes"

Outspent's Myspace

(photo from the baker's ball)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm totally an ouspent groupie!

Monday, June 26, 2006  
Anonymous John Ritter's cousin said...

Hey Cindy, I think that something's amiss with these files. I can neither open them nor save them.

(Is it just me or does the picture at top look kinda like Huey Lewis and the News? Cool!)

Wednesday, June 28, 2006  
Anonymous cchang said...

Hey, thanks for the heads up. Looks like EZarchive (the place where I store the files) is completely down. Shit. :(

Wednesday, June 28, 2006  
Anonymous Shawn said...

Alright! It's working now! Cool riffs.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006  

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