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Albatross Overdrive
Albatross Overdrive
Background information
Origin Huntington Beach, California, USA
Genres Stoner Rock, Stoner Metal
Years active 2005 - Present
Labels Orchestrated Misery Recordings
Website Official Website

Albatross Overdrive are a heavy rock band formed in early 2005 with a DIY philosophy, working hard yet naturally to write songs to accompany influences ranging from bands like UFO, Mountain, Black Sabbath, and Iron Maiden, to Clutch, QOTSA and Soundgarden.

HistoryEdit

Originally called Albatross and formed by Dan Silva and James Demetra in 2004, Albatross Overdrive's nucleus was made up of Rodney Peralta on drums, Dan Silva on vocals, Davey Obade on bass, James Demetra on rhythm/lead guitar, and Marcus Wolf on rhythm guitar. The band hit the local bar and club scene hard right out of the gates in both LA and OC and in 2007 recorded a 5 song demo at GriffDog records in Huntington Beach with engineer Derek Phillips, loosely titled, "Songs for the Road." Both Demetra and Wolf departed from the band shortly after.

Guitarist Andy Robinson joined Albatross Overdrive in early 2008. As the band started to settle into their sound, their live shows seemed to prove what they were capable of and what they had to offer. With a growing fan base, local shows were packed! They played with bands such as Sasquatch, Anglo Jackson, Leatherwolf, The Amplifiers, Steel Panther aka Metal Skool, Sky Wreck, and Metalachi at venues House of Blues, Fitzgerald's, The Key Club, Blue Cafe, and Gallagher's. During their live performances and between studio practices, the sound of Albatross Overdrive had reached a new level. In 2009 the band wrote and recorded their first self-titled album at GriffDog records in Huntington Beach with engineer Derek Phillips, which was released in 2010. Andy Robinson left the band in 2010 shortly before the release date.

Guitarist Andrew Luddy joined Albatross Overdrive in 2010. From there, the band has had quite a few lineup changes. Dan Silva left the band in 2013. Art Campos took over vocals in 2014. Also in 2014, Derek Phillips joined to band on rhythm guitar. Davey Obade officially left the band in 2016 which left an opening for bassist Mark Abshire whose past projects include Fu Manchu and Nebula. Managing this 5 piece is Vanessa K. of Kaylor Industries. Still staying the course, live shows still continued to include The Air Conditioned Lounge and The Federal Underground in which they were an opener for bands such as Pennywise, Radio Moscow, and Mike Watt to name a few.

Staying with the DIY style the band recorded and released their second record Keep It Running in 2016 and did a small California tour with Ruben Romano's FREEKS. AOD also released their first music video for the single Earth Mother featuring the exciting aspects of their live performances.

DiscographyEdit

  • Albatross Overdrive (2010)
  • Keep It Running (2016)

MembersEdit

CurrentEdit

  • Rodney Peralta - Drums (2005 - Present)
  • Andrew Luddy - Lead Guitar (2010 - Present)
  • Derek W. Phillips - Rhythm Guitar (2014 - Present)
  • Mark Abshire - Bass (2017- Present)
  • Art Campos - Vocals (2014 - Present)

FormerEdit

  • Dan Silva - Vocals (2004 - 2013)
  • Andy Robinson - Guitars (2008 - 2010)
  • James Demetra - Rhythm/Lead Guitar (2004 - 2007)
  • Marcus Wolf - Rhythm Guitar (2005 - 2007)
  • Davey Obade - Bass (2005 - 2016)

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ReferencesEdit

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