The Skinny: Eleven years is a long time for any band to stay together, let alone for one band to finally see the release of their debut album, but for Open Air Stereo, they wouldn’t have wanted it to happen any other way. It’s obvious from the first time you hear a song off Open Air Stereo’s ten song debut album Primates (due out May 21st via independent label Goomba Music) that the band know exactly what they are doing; that much is clear from the rush of guitars and explosive percussion that punctuate all three minutes of “Love Is Blind,” which gives the impression not of a band just putting out their first record but one that has multiple albums and world tours under their belt.
With a mix of songs written by the band and some co-written collaborations, Primates is an exercise in the tight, economical execution of rock-and-roll. The album was produced by an array of producers including Gavin Brown, Mike Plotnikoff, and Peter Stengaard; a large part of the writing on the album is with Marti Fredrikson (Daughtry, Aerosmith, Def Leppard). Open Air Stereo has filtered their various influences through their own personal experiences to arrive with a fully realized and confident debut album.