GEARING UP TO RELEASE HIS BAND’S LATEST SINGLE “MYSTIFIED,” FRONTMAN FOR NASHVILLE BASED ROCK BAND ODDNOTE CONFIDENTLY DECLARES, “ROCK IS ALIVE AND GROWING STRONGER AS A MOVEMENT BY THE DAY”
MYSTIFIED by Oddnote is powerfully wild an rambunctious, a marvelous wonder of composition and audio choreography, a melodic dance macabre in musical notation. it is a defining mark in modern music and Oddnote has with this and prior works made their mark in the history of modern rock!
My only criticism is… I wish it was longer!, but that is what auto repeat is for…
Say the word “Nashville” and most people think of cowboy hats, CMA, the Grand Ole Opry – in other words, country, country, country. Yet Arman Asadsangabi, charismatic frontman for emerging rockers Oddnote, grew up there and is hell bent on letting the world know that rock is alive and well in Music City and not going anywhere – in fact, “it’s growing stronger as a movement by the day.”
Arman Asadsangabi is proud that famed bands like Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant and The White Stripes make their homes in the country music capital. Yet Arman believes the scene is currently exploding – and the deep underground rock scene is ready to blow up – due to hard working powerhouse indie bands like his and others around the area. Building on the buzz of their recent self-titled full-length debut, Oddnote is now releasing its highly anticipated follow-up single, the edgy and seductive mid-tempo rocker “Mystified.”
Off to a whirlwind start since launching the band in 2017, the 20 year old singer and his group – currently including Nick Huff (drums) and Matthew Millstein (bass) – have performed over 30 regional shows, from the mainstage at NAMM Nashville and Volapalooza at the University of Knoxville to hotspots like The End, The East Room and Rocket Town. They also played at The Groove for Record Store Day.
In addition to being featured in numerous rock publications, Oddnote’s debut album – recorded at Dogfox Studios, whose staff is full of engineers who studied at the legendary Blackbird Studios – earned a lot of local exposure via Lightning 100 (Nashville’s longest running indie station) and 102.9 The Buzz, which featured the group as their local artist of the week. Taking a much-deserved break from the non-stop gigging, Arman and the band are currently in the studio groove, starting to write in preparation for their second album. Arman is also recording one of his album’s tracks at the famed Abbey Road studio in London.
Prior to the formation of Oddnote, Arman was in a band called Dead Gem with some high school friends, which he considers “more of a trial of what I truly had planned to do with my music.” The idea of the new group came to him the day he saw Cage the Elephant at Bonnaroo 2017. “I remember standing in the crowd,” he says, “just aching to write something that can truly resonate with people – and then the first album came about. From there, it’s only gotten easier to pinpoint exactly where I want Oddnote’s sound to go – and so far it’s been going in the right direction. In essence, Oddnote gives me the ability to put my soul out for display, and hopefully be able to relate with those who see the world the same way I do. If anything, I at least hope those listening feel a bit happier after hearing our music.”
The most ironic part of Oddnote’s new track “Mystified” is that when Arman came up with the title, he literally had no idea it was an actual word. He wrote the song in the wake of a breakup, to help him cope with the stress and as a calming message to himself. However, the song ended up tapping into both his personal life and the universal angst going on, from the daily Trumpster fire to his feelings about two of Oddnote’s initial members suddenly deciding to split; it all played a role in the songs creation. Intense in its lyrical starkness and honesty, the song includes the lyrics: “I know you’re sad inside/Well, so am I, I’m terrified/The world is burning down/So tell me where you draw the line.”
“Our debut album was very garage-rocky in nature, with me trying to figure out what to do with my life and struggling to accomplish anything,” Arman says. “But ‘Mystified’ is coming from a place of comfort and confidence in the music and where Oddnote is heading. The song is everything we hope to see mainstream rock become. Many people seek nostalgia in rock music coming out today, while what we want to do is give listeners a fresh take on where the future of rock can go as a whole. “In short, we want to make it aware that rock and roll is more powerful and enduring than it’s ever been. We see Oddnote as one of the bands fore-fronting this next wave of rock, and we have no intentions of slowing down.”
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