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Local band looks beyond Marion

LOCAL MUSIC: Stay Outside is homegrown indie rock band.

by Ethan Clewell

eclewell@chronicle-tribune.com

Stay Outside considers itself an Indy-indie band, but its roots are in Marion.

The band has put out a few projects. Their first album “Okay, For Now” came out in 2016. The lyrics draw from lead vocalist Aaron Becker’s personal experience.

“I’m constantly asking questions and looking for answers. All I think you can do as an artist is tell your specific story,” Becker said.

Becker started playing music when he was 3 years old. His father played music as a pastor, and his family was very involved with music.

“It runs in my blood,” Becker said.

Outside of his family, the church provided a place for Becker to develop as a musician from an early age.

“Church did a lot of good things for me, especially learning, getting to play with a lot of different people in a community and having a safe place,” Becker said.

It took until high school for Becker, Garrett Johnston, Sean West and Noah Mitchene to form the band.

According to Becker the band pulled inspiration from artists such as Foo Fighters, Underoath and Switchfoot.

Earlier this year they put out new music, and the musical direction has changed more toward alternative rock.

“We wanted to make music in a more modern way, we wanted the production of Young The Giant with the writing of Manchester Orchestra,” Becker said.

The inspiration goes beyond a handful of bands, according to Becker. The band takes after artists like Bon Iver, who has crossed many genres of music.

Becker says the bridges in their 2019 single “Bottle Rocket” has some Bon Iver influences.

The band has moved up from playing house shows to touring. Earlier this year the band toured with Motherfolk. The two bands share the same manager, Brandon Hughes.

Stay Outside has played 25 Sofar Sound shows, where bands perform in non-venue venues like living rooms and garages.

“It’s really good to strip stuff down and play acoustic, explain why these things matter to me, and what I was thinking while I was writing them,” Becker said. “Especially for a crowd that’s there to intently listen.”

Since the music scene is so much larger in Indianapolis, the band was able to get their feet wet in the city.

Despite Marion’s smaller scene, Becker still believes there is a hub of artistic talent with artists like Mosquito Fleet and Devin Hopwood.

“There are a couple of bands that we have been friends with for a long time that have been great and inspiring,” Becker said.

Hughes is excited about the prospects of getting the band beyond Marion and beyond Indiana.

“People outside of Indiana are starting to latch on to their music. They are writing the some of the best songs of their life,” Hughes said.  

Their music is available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.