Outhouse was a trio from Kansas City that formed in 1994, released one full-length ("Welcome") in 1997 on Mercury Records, and… well… that’s about the extent of my knowledge of the band. I first discovered this album about five years ago via the excellent Built on a Weak Spot blog, and have been a fan ever since (this remains my favorite discovery made via BOAWS, in fact). I guess you’d refer to this as "alternative rock" or something, but not to the point of being just some typical radio rock band or whatever. There’s definitely some kind of an "edge" here. I don’t really listen to a ton of this stuff, but great songs will hook me in every time, so in that regard this album is an absolute goldmine. (I defy you to tell me that "Nowhere, Man" isn’t one of the catchiest songs ever written!) I read something once that compared Outhouse to The Replacements, and the band confirmed them as an influence, so I’m sure that means something to someone out there, but I’ve never really explored The Replacements myself so I can’t form an opinion on that one. To my ears the material is kinda comparable to the Doughboys’ "Crush" combined with Failure’s "Magnified": It’s really "poppy" and catchy, but still has some angular riffing and a mildly heavy post-hardcore surge to it. Obviously I’m throwing all this crap out there because I really don’t know where the hell these guys would accurately fall in the grand scheme of things. Maybe that played into the fact that they kind of flew under the radar and never received the recognition they deserved? I don’t know, but it’s a damn shame, ‘cause none of that shit should really matter. This is such a great record, and I would’ve loved it had they managed to release at least another album or two before vanishing from the face of the earth. Keep an open mind and give this stuff a shot. Hopefully you’ll be as pleasantly surprised as I was…
Thankfully this is one of those obscure gems where you can still find used copies for super cheap, so… pick one up if you like what you hear!
Apparently Outhouse played one single reunion show back in 2008, and I saw a comment online somewhere suggesting that they were selling a CD of unreleased tracks at the show. If anyone has that CD or knows of any information that would allow me to purchase a copy for myself, please, please, please let me know! Thanks!