Wow! What a year 2017 has been for Odds Fish! We have done so much and had so much fun along the way! It’s been a rockin’ year!
The year started off with us competing in the Homegrown Throwdown at The Loft in Lansing, MI. The Homegrown Throwdown is a “Battle of the Bands” of sorts. It is hosted by Q106 and Miller Lite, so it is a MAJOR local event; we were very lucky to have been selected to participate. Not every band gets that shot!
Throughout the whole Homegrown Throwdown, we truly had a blast! Every night of the competition, The Loft was pretty much packed, and people were really digging all the music! It was awesome!
When it was all said and done, Odds Fish made it through to the Homegrown Throwdown FINALS! We didn’t place, but we got great exposure and experience, met a ton of cool people, picked up several new fans, received wonderful feedback from the judges, and got some fantastic pictures from local photographer Scott V Photography! So, in many ways, we definitely won!
After that we played a LOT of shows and did a LOT of recording… Probably more recording than shows, but still…
SHOWS! SHOWS! SHOWS!
(See a list of our 2017 shows HERE)
But then it was also…
RECORDING! RECORDING! RECORDING! RECORDING! RECORDING!
You see, almost all year, we’ve been working on a full length, 10 song album. We WANTED to release it in 2017, but… you know… recording…
We HAVE made a lot of progress, don’t get us wrong; we’re actually almost done! So you all should be seeing the release of a full length Odds Fish album in 2018.
Keep a look out for it!
Besides shows and recording, Odds Fish has put a lot of effort into our social media this year as well, and it’s starting to pay off more and more, as more and more people worldwide are getting the opportunity to “get hooked on Odds Fish.” We’re incredibly grateful… beyond words.
But we’ve also had fun as a band outside of “work” this year; much more than we have in the past. We actually made time for it! We went to the Eaton County Fair, attended concerts (Conspicuous Bystanders, SinhaveN, Lady Gaga…) plays (like “The Home Team” at Riverwalk Theatre), comedy shows, and so much more together; we went to the movies together, went shopping together, had band game nights, went out drinking and dancing, went camping together, celebrated Birthdays and Holidays, carved a Mr. Lahey pumpkin (well, Nick did all the carving, to be fair, but Meagan dug the guts out!) and spent a LOT of time at The Grid. (For those of you outside of Lansing, The Grid is an awesome adult arcade/bar with all sorts of old school games and pinball machines, cool decor, and specialty drinks like “The Wonder Years,” which is served with Swedish Fish! We love it there.) It’s been so fantastic for all of us, truly.
Doing more together as a band has bonded us, and really helped us to be tighter as a group. (Plus, we’re all a lot of fun to be around :::wink!::: so it’s been a ton of fun! Yay for friends!)
As we come to the end of the year 2017 now, and we look back on the fun times outside of “work,” the hard work we did in the recording studio, the people we’ve met, and the amazing shows we’ve played (like our two shows with Moment 44, who are now some of our favorite people, Ovidstock – our first music festival, the “Michigan Made Concert Series” with Tempest, Of Ashes, and Tallon Weatherby Band, the “I Heart Hairbands Halloween Party” at The Loft hosted by Q106 and Miller Lite with Handsome Pete, Sierra Denae, DeverauX, and our good buddies: Conspicuous Bystanders, the charity show we did in December: “Tori Shares Christmas,” and so many more), we cannot help but be so thankful for everything that we have had a chance to experience. And to all of you who have been around, supporting us and liking what we do, we are especially thankful to you. We can’t live this dream alone, and who better to share it with, than all of you! Rock on!
So… what does 2018 hold for Odds Fish, you may be asking? Well, we are going to get the album done and released, we are going to play more shows, we are going to up our game online and on social media, and we are basically going to try to be the biggest and best version of Odds Fish yet! We hope you will come along for the ride! It’s gonna be a wild one! (Not as wild as the “Rok n’ Roll” ride at the fair, but that’s another story!)
Once again, thank you for your support of Odds Fish. Happy New Year!
Peace and Love and Rock n’ Roll!!!
We’ll see you in 2018. Until then, if you’re not already…