Outhouse Reunion Show April 18th
On April 18th, 2008, Outhouse reunited for a single blow out show
at The Record Bar in Kansas City! The show was a huge success
- and that was no suprise to the hundreds of Outhouse fans that
turned out. Photos courtesy of
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Here's a Couple of Articles...
Outhouse, Welcome-Simon Speichert
Outhouse's debut album, Welcome, is a superb record. In
listening to this album, I thought to myself, "Could there possibly
be a better way to make a first impression?" I don't really think
three-piece rock group from Kansas City, Outhouse inspire new
thought in rock, at least to me. Their unique songwriting and real
lyrics are a switch from the old alternative methods of "here's a
riff, mumble some words".
Welcome has 13 different songs, different in sound, and
different from each other. A reason this album differs from others
is the length of songs. Most of Outhouse's songs average three
minutes, while songs by other bands stretch too long. It's a
yes, the songs. When listened to repeatedly, the lyrics imply deep
introspection. The music is great, not too heavy, not too soft, and
some great hooks. It's hard to pick out the better songs, because
they all are quite good. Well, I'll give it a shot. Some of the
"better" songs on Welcome are the title track, with its
catchy vocal hook, the Paul Westerberg -inspired "Nowhere Man",
"Savior" and "Lie".
I've pretty much summed it up, so if you'd like to get hooked on a
new band before MTV gets to them, hurry down to your local record
Consumable was able to catch up with Bill Latas, guitarist and lead
vocalist of Outhouse and get a few comments from him. Here's some of
Consumable: The standout track is "Nowhere Man", which is much like
an early Replacements song. How much has Westerberg or the 'Mats
influenced your records?
Outhouse: Paul's songwriting has influenced me and the rest of us
greatly. I don't think we try to sound like that but just the
quality of those songs!!!!! Man if I can ever write em that good!
You know, "Nowhere Man" sounds like that because of the way we play
it. Sometimes we'll do it slow like a ballad and it takes on a whole
new vibe. But yes, the 'Mats RULE!
The searing guitars remind me of the "Seattle sound", but the lyrics
are realistically hopeful, rather than wasting away. What's your
feelings on lyrics which are deliberately depressing?
I think anything deliberate other than honesty is just plain borish.
Anymore, it seems to be the trend but I also feel that artists are
moving away from that. Just the same, to write a "happy" song if
you're not happy is bullshit. I find it amazing how easy it is to
spot someone who is not being honest in their art. Either something
hits me deep inside or it just hits the wall behind me, ya know? I
also know that someone could listen to our music and it might wind
up on their living room wall when I'm bearing my soul in a song and
I absolutely mean what I'm saying.
guess it is in the delivery. Some will tell a story in a song that
has no first person perspective but you take that story like it was
the absolute truth. I've always admired that in writers. Even
fiction can be honest. So, to say "I'm going to write depressing
lyrics because I think I should" is ridiculous. Yeah, I think that
I'm ultimately hopeful in my lyrics because that is what I truly
feel and believe.
"Savior", you sing "What about my savior, laying down and waiting? /
What about my savior, where is he now?" Is this a questioning of God
through the eyes of a poor or downtrodden person? Labelmate Joan
Osborne got into a bind with "One Of Us", asking much less pointed
I hate to admit this but I tried NOT to make "Savior" into a song
about faith. I couldn't do it. That was what was on my mind. I was
always taught that to have "faith" was the one thing that you could
always fall back on. When everything else seemed hopeless, you could
still have faith and in my life, I have felt that. That has seen me
through. Now, that is speaking of faith in-general which most of the
song can be held as. However I'll spare you the asking and go ahead
and say that, yes, the bridge is describing, in first person, the
Crucifixion. What a visual, huh?
a while ago, very into Christianity and what I'm saying in this part
of the song is that I'm questioning all of that now. "Turn my head
against my will, and run like hell but I still know just where he
is, God rest my soul." I guess I'm also asking for forgiveness at
the same time as I'm running away from that. To get back to your
question, it's not so much a questioning of God at all as much as
it's a questioning of my own beliefs. It's a man at the end of his
rope, yet still wanting to let go and also knowing that someone will
catch him. Strange world I live in, huh?
Does it concern you that this song might raise people's concerns?
It raised my concern enough to write the lyrics and I only hope that
other people will ask the same questions about themselves regardless
of the answers. I'm not worried about any stigma or connotations
from the song. I'll speak my mind and what I find to be true for me
and if people can relate, cool. If not, too bad...I mean the whole
song started from an idea that I got one day while driving. I saw a
sign that said "lost dog found today" in someone's yard. I also saw
that sign the next day and knew that it was lying purely because it
said "today" and I had seen it yesterday! You can't believe in every
sign you see...although it's twisted because one day, that sign was
true and the next, it wasn't. Go figure...
Which bands are your inspirations, or favorites before being a
As a kid it was Kiss, Rush, and then U2. I think we all come from
the age of huge arena shows and big productions. I love that stuff.
I mean seeing a band in a club is great. But the big stuff? Oh yeah!
Trip Shakespeare that will always hold a special place in my life;
Was there ever any apprehension about signing with a major label, as
opposed to an indie?
Mercury, so far, has been absolutely great to us and I think we
really have a shot at a long term thing here. There was no
apprehension in signing to a major, either. We knew that this was
right. It FELT right. We held out and waited on some other things.
We have always made good decisions; that has been critical in
achieving our goals. You have to be smart. The only thing that
worries me with a major is the commitment to a long term build. I
hope that we can construct a career instead of just a couple of
records and I know that we have to keep writing great records to do
that. I don't think that will be a problem, either.
Outhouse now a bunch of Zeros
Brad Gaddy sits cross-legged on the
stage, smoking another cigarette and telling stories of bands that
used to be.
He's tuned up his bass, checked his
rig and has time to rattle off some good stories before the curtain
rises on a Friday night gig for he and his new band, The Zeros.
Gaddy (known as Brad Zero in The
Zeros) is no stranger to curtains rising and his band tearing into
the first song. This Friday night it's for the usual exuberant
Raoul's Velvet Room crowd.
Seven years ago, it was for
screaming fans waiting to see that new band "Outhouse" opening for
stadium rock legends KISS.
Outhouse was Gaddy,
singer/guitarist Bill Latas and drummer Shawn Poores. The Kansas
City trio blasted the local scene for years before Mercury records
The next thing these guys from KC
knew, they had a debut album and a five-week slot opening up for
four pretty famous guys in greasepaint.
"It really was a dream come true,"
said Gaddy, who plays in The Zeros along with Poores (Shawn Zero)
and Larry Zero (Larry Groce, formerly of Go Kart). "I mean, it was
so kick ass to grow up listening to KISS and then to be sharing the
same stage with them. They were so larger than life, and the whole
experience was great.
"We never once got booed, and Gene
Simmons came up to us dressed like the freakin' God of Thunder and
told us if anyone ****ed with us, he'd personally kick their ass."
The Outhouse experience included a
seven-record deal, tour and video budgets, an eventual tour with
Cheap Trick and gigs at the legendary CBGB's.
Former members of Outhouse are now . . . Zeros.
But it also included the record
label losing money, people who had helped get them signed losing
jobs and then far too much silence.
"There just came a point where we
didn't hear anything from the record label," said Poores, who
previously played in West Coast bands Naked Soul and local Irish
group The Elders. "We had songs ready to go for a second record, but
the label just didn't have money and we went a long time hearing
nothing at all. The advice we got was to not bail out on the
contract and ride it out, but we just stopped hearing anything at
And despite sticking it out and
continuing to tour and play locally, the band went on hiatus in
2001. They reformed two years ago to play a show when sports radio
host Jim Rome came to town.
"Rome still plays one of our songs
on his show and it was a good show to do," Poores said. "But Bill
has his own business now and we are having fun with The Zeros."
The Zeros play 1980s covers and mix
familiar tunes with an energetic stage show.
"We're playing a lot of songs that
we grew up listening to and these are the kind of things people want
to hear," Gaddy said. "It's a lot of fun, and it's a good steady
gig. And the door is still open as far as Outhouse doing something
again. I'd love to do it."
But it would take all three members
agreeing to get the band rolling again.
"I think Bill took everything the
hardest - he was the singer and wrote all the lyrics - but he's got
his own life now. We talk a lot and stay in touch, but he's got his
construction business and we're really enjoying playing in this