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Outerfield Grooves with Pleasant Grove Hotel Debut Album

By Jerry Del Priore 


Outer’s Pleasant Grove Hotel.

After several months of many songs sitting in limbo, Matt Hutson and Gary Schrader of indie/noise rockers Outerfield began to pick up the pieces of what almost became a wasted effort of a righteous piece of music. 

However, Outerfield was able to pull everything together and produce an 11-track album entitled Pleasant Grove Hotel, a record that is deeply personal, with topics ranging from loneliness to childhood traumas and family disputes. The band is now poised to bring their brand of roots/noise rock to the masses.

“The album is about the space it takes to put your life back together after everything has fallen apart,” the duo said in a press release. “Not unlike the experience of making the record, which was shelved for four months and expected to never come out.”

The lead single, Dust, is a testament to Outerfield’s hard driving rock and roll sound, liken it to bands such as Wilco and Big Star. But the Columbus, Indiana, duo has undeniably carved out a sound of its own in the rock space. 

Voices and I Don’t Why are tracks that blend Outerfield’s alternative rock sound with classic rock undertones, bringing the group Foster the People to mind. 

I love the steady pounding of the drums mixed in with cool, strong guitar riffs, which is best displayed in Stay the Same

In my opinion, Pleasant Grove Hotel is the type of album that you’ll enjoy even more after listening to it over and over again.

Outerfiled Band

Outerfield’s all fun and business, as the duo chills outdoors.

For more information on Outerfield, log onto its website at and like its Facebook page.

Plus, listen to more of Outerfield’s music at

Additionally, watch the official music video for “Dust” via Youtube and Stream, review and share the “Pleasant Grove Hotel” full album playlist via Spotify.

Outerfield Musicians Include:

Matt Hutson: Guitar, Piano, Organ, Mellotron, Bass, Vocals
Gary Schrader: Guitar, Bass





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