Published on January 16th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


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

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is a New York resident (and Long Island native) with over 15 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. In the years following, he worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, 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,, Format Magazine, Businessweek, The Improper, the L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. He has been a member of the SATW and the IFWTWA organizations as a food and travel writer.Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host the recently-launched "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with PureGrainAudio.

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