“Outside Animals is going against the flow right now in LA music,” explains Colin Orthmann, the leader of Outside Animals. “There are a lot of bands that are chasing that indie-pop or indie-folk sound, while we’re really going for a garage rock feel. There are no synths or backing tracks when we play live.”
Taking influence from acts like the Strokes, Jimmy Eat World and Weezer, Outside Animals played across Los Angeles alongside LA Font, Big Black Delta, The Soft Pack, Black Pistol Fire, The Lonely Wild and Beach Party. Outside Animals also was a regular at Echo Park Rising.
Outside Animals followed their 2013 debut, “Black Room,” with an eponymous EP in 2016. However, in the middle of a full lineup of shows to promote the EP… Orthmann got sick and lost his hearing, setting off a tumultuous series of events that culminated in the lead guitarist leaving the band and bassist mysteriously disappearing.
Now back in full health, and with a revamped lineup, Colin is joined by his brother Shaun Orthmann on lead guitar, Peter Anthony of Polaris Rose on bass, and Gabriel Grinta on drums.