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Published on January 16th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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ØZWALD’s Jason Wade & Steve Stout On New Album “Born In A State,” Lifehouse, Metal & More

Comprised of Jason Wade (Lifehouse) and Steve Stout (formerly of Lost Beach), Nashville-based ØZWALD doles out everyday wisdom on a welcoming indie-rock platter.

The roots of ØZWALD go back to five years ago when Stout was called in to play guitar on an international Lifehouse tour that would eventually have its U.S. routing canceled. However, a bond began to form between Stout and Wade on the overseas run. Following the tour, Wade needed an engineer to assist him in his California studio — where they both then lived — and he called Stout.

Born In A State is the new album from ØZWALD and it is a stylistic departure from the group’s first record, Sweet Delirium. ØZWALD’s new LP was inspired by Wade and Stout’s Tennessee environment, and these songs tell stories from the perspective of two creatives pondering the value of art and music in a world of likes and follows. It comes across as organic and eccentric yet pleasantly-nostalgic.

As embedded below, I had the pleasure of speaking with both Jason Wade and Steve Stout by phone on January 16, 2020 about Born In A State, musical influences, future Lifehouse plans and more. Additional info related to ØZWALD can be found online at www.soundcloud.com/ozwaldmusic.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.


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