ODDSLANE is a uniquely blended mix of driving rock & roll riffs and solid grooves
with an overall pop sensibility.They create music that fuses diverse influences from a
wide range of styles, but maintains the integrity of what has become their own original
sound. The band primarily focuses on the material of singer/songwriter Doug Byrkit,
who in 2003 co-founded the group with longtime musical partner Brian Zielie.
Doug & Brian are continuing their musical partnership with their first album as
ODDSLANE the 2012 release entitled DARK MATTERS.
Doug and Brian’s partnership goes back many years with their first band together while
still in high school. Since, they have maintained a close working relationship that has
lasted through college and a host of musical projects. Together they can boast such
accomplishments as sharing the stage with diverse artist such as Lifehouse, Pete Yorn,
and Walter Trout as well as having toured Korea, Japan, and the Pacific Rim. As the core members
of ODDSLANE, the pair has formed a creative relationship that blends their broad range of musical
influences, ranging from The Beatles and Led Zeppelin to Tower of Power and Miles Davis, with
their years of experience recording and touring. To the outside observer, it may seem that Brian
plays a small role in the creative process, but his influence on Doug over the years has been
the spearhead to the evolution of his songwriting.
ODDSLANE (originally under the name THE BREAKERS) was formed in 2003 out of the ashes
of several other defunct St. Louis groups (Zito, Flynova, Nadine, and The LP Outsiders to
name a few) to work on selected material from Doug’s recent demo projects. Shortly, they
began recording these songs and playing live to a steadily growing fan base. This first line
up of the group quickly produced two EP’s. The first of which, THE BOTTLENECK SESSIONS,
twice earned them attention from the Memphis Regional Grammy Chapter along with some
high profile national and international songwriting contests. It also caught the ear
of those at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Sun Studio, most widely
known as the studio that gave birth to Elvis, has been recording legends for years.
Along with Elvis, the likes of BB King, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more
recently U2, Vertical Horizon, Maroon 5, Liz Phair, 3 Doors Down, The Calling, and
Better Than Ezra have all recorded at there. ODDSLANE joined these ranks by invitation
on the studio’s part as an effort of there’s to promote emerging artist. Both of these
recordings were later combined into what became the release simply entitled SESSIONS.
The follow-up recording, SONGS FOR YOUNG EXECUTIVES, is the group's first full-length album.
The album contains 13 tracks loosely based around the theme of corporate greed; a subject Doug had became
all too familiar with while working in Corporate America before recently leaving to complete a
graduate music degree and to devote more time to music and ODDSLANE. The lyrical content gives a
sometimes tongue-in-cheek and sometimes blatantly unapologetic slant on those negotiating the
corporate jungle. Even though there are some heavy themes that run throughout, most of the
songs are ambiguous enough to be interpreted multiple ways by the listener, thus making the
album very easy for a broad range of fans to connect with. The album is a mix of musical
influences and real world playing experience, which along with the solid groove foundation
provided by drummer Brian Zielie, merge into what can only be described as a true representation
of ODDSLANE's own unique rock & roll sound.The album's single "Miles Away" has been featured
on the hit television series THE DEADLIEST CATCH on THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL,
and continues to garner attention across the web and other media.
The album and single have also gained industry attention, earning a publishing deal from Grammy
nominated producer George McClure's Nashville publishing house as well as several independent
film score and web placements.
In 2012, after a successful Kickstarter.com campaign to fund their 3rd album DARK MATTERS which is the
first release under the name ODDSLANE, the group is hoping to build on their past successes. ODDSLANE
plan to promote the new record to radio, music libraries, and indie music fans alike. They have already
acquired an endorsement deal with Steve Clayton, Inc. the makers of custom picks and guitar accessories in
anticipation of the release of DARK MATTERS and don't plan to stop there. Currently the group performs
in and around the St. Louis area in several different forms, from full electric band to acoustic solo gigs.