In a day and age where working hard as a band means spending hours online asking people to be their "friends" instead of simple things like recording demos and touring, these simple yet crucial activities tend to fall to the side. This is not the case with Outbreak.
Hailing from the once quiet state of Maine, Outbreak has never sat in complacency like other local bands do, patiently waiting for the right label to notice. With an average age hovering around twenty, Outbreak has already released two EPs in addition to spending the last five years playing shows everywhere they could. The band has taken a very hands-on approach to their fate, booking their own tours, and eventually earning themselves a record deal with hardcore heavyweights Bridge Nine Records. "Being from such an isolated place like Maine was motivation enough to start booking our own tours and getting our band off the ground", vocalist Ryan O'Connor said. "We started touring the US when I was about seventeen. We never imagined that so many kids would catch on, but the last few years have been crazy."
Outbreak is known for their energetic, incendiary live shows and unstoppable work ethic. Once Bridge Nine Records heard their EP titled Eaten Alive (released on Western Front Records and later reissued on Think Fast! Records), they picked up the band and sent them into the studio to record their first Bridge Nine release You Make Us Sick. After more touring over the next year and a half, the band entered the studio to record their debut LP, Failure. Failure was recorded with Jim Siegel, the man who put classic records by Blood For Blood, American Nightmare, and Dropkick Murphys to tape. Siegel helped Outbreak perfect their mix hardcore and punk, combining influences like the ferocious speed of Bad Brains with the nihilism and misanthropy of Black Flag.
Having tours under their belt with everyone from Comeback Kid to Agnostic Front, Outbreak is carrying on their tradition of non-stop touring. Like their lyrics say, "Don't know where we're heading, but the disease is spreading", Outbreak hit every corner of the US, Europe, Japan, and Australia before the end of 2006. Consider yourself warned, Outbreak shows have been known to be some of the most explosive and unpredictable shows in hardcore today. With sixteen hardcore punk songs lasting twenty minutes, there's just enough time to give vocalist Ryan O'Connor a chance to scream "the world's a leech and it's bleeding me dry" before the band starts the next burst. Failure truly showcases Outbreak's trademark fast, addicting, and genuinely pissed-off sound and is a defining release for the band. No one ever thought the scene would see the day where singing about being disenfranchised with this world would sound so refreshing and different, but Outbreak has done just that and created a venomous debut LP.