Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With One Way Out

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with One Way Out.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

ONE WAY OUT: We’re One Way Out, we are a young band (we’re all under 20) from Washington D.C, and we play rock n’ roll! We’ve been playing together for 8 years and in recent years have played countless shows in our hometown as well as shows in New York and Philadelphia with Soraia of Steven Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records. We were nominated for Best Hard Rock Artist at the Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards) amongst acts including Clutch this year, and are so excited to release “Black Lungs (and a Broken Heart)”, our second single on our follow up to our 2019 album “Cosmic Beat”.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

ONE WAY OUT: We have a wide range of influences in the band, the most prominent in the music being classic rock bands like Led Zeppelin and The Doors. But we’re also very into more modern acts such as King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Thee Oh Sees, and Tame impala, as well as metal, jazz, blues, hip hop, and electronic music.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

ONE WAY OUT: Our latest release is “Black Lungs (and a Broken Heart)”, which is out as of January 1st, 2021. It’s by far our most experimental track that we’ve released to date, but also somehow a little bit more accessible. It still follows our other music with a 70s psychedelic rock sound, but we put a lot of effort into layering things and creating a story in the song.

On our last album, we had a song called “Freedom Man”, and we had always thought it would be cool to make the “Freedom Man” a recurring character across multiple songs similar to Ziggy Stardust or Major Tom from David Bowie’s music or Han Tyumi from King Gizzard’s music. This song was really about creating a background to the character, and telling his story lyrically as well as sonically. Lyrically, the song describes him coming to Earth and spawning euphoria and groups gathered to listen to live music — a message we wrote before the pandemic, and didn’t realize would hold a lot more weight at a time when gathering is restricted like it is. Sonically, we tried to make the listener feel like they were experiencing the story as opposed to just hearing it. We spend a good amount of time using a screwdriver on an electric guitar and a theremin to create the sound of a crash landing, and recorded news reports in a few different languages.

Overall, it was just the kind of song where we all kept getting crazier and crazier ideas, and with each one, the attitude from all of us was just “do it”, which definitely made the writing and recording processes a lot of fun.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

ONE WAY OUT: People can expect a lot of energy and ultimately just to have a good time. As a band, going to shows ourselves is one of our favorite hobbies, so we know that the best ones are when you’re really on the same wavelength as the artist, not just that you’re connecting with music they’re playing but that you’re both deriving that same intangible energy from the music as they are. I think when we just get on stage and our attitude is just to have fun with the songs, each other, and the people in the room, that’s when the shows are the best. We also always try to keep our sets pretty varied, so you’ll hear a chill acoustic song the same night as a blown out hard rock song and an extended psychedelic jam.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

ONE WAY OUT: We hope to be releasing new and creatively different music, and touring the U.S. and possibly Europe, playing clubs and festivals full of people who we can connect with and who can connect with one another through music!

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