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From California’s underground scenes and dicey juke joints, to big stages and international tours, Angel City Outcasts have come to be known as a unique and imaginative entity that continues to win over fans from all over the world. Kicking ass and taking names while shrouded in myth and lore, ACO is the Clint Eastwood of rock bands! Quite appropriately can Angel City Outcasts be described as Rock n Roll’s bastard child as the band was fathered by an eclectic bunch of musical forefathers including southern and hard rock, punk, classic country, blues and even soul and R&B. While it’s these diversities that give the band that distinct sound, their homage to these genres is also what gives ACO its cohesively classic feel. It’s no surprise that audiences from different generations can frequently be seen enjoying some aspect or another at their live shows. The older fans relate to the traditional melodic and visual sensibilities that the band takes on as the younger crowds absorb the electric energy and youthful urgency that ACO brings forth. In times of mediocre and gimmicky acts when flavors of the week come and go faster than you can say “myspace”, Angel City Outcasts have managed to survive many a times of trial and tribulations by staying true to their principles of making music their way and on their own terms. The band’s talent and vision have not gone unnoticed, as the band has procured a loyal fan base from every continent as well as shared the stage and/or toured along side such acts as Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, The Pogues and Social Distortion. Now, more than ever the band is musically at its finest with Alex Brugge on lead vocals/rhythm guitar, Tak Boroyan on lead guitar, Hank Jassem on bass and Johnny McNickels on drums. In the 2010 Angel City Outcasts is releasing its long awaited third and arguably most ambitious album to date, entitled simply Angel City Outcasts. In true ACO tradition, the record displays and intertwines an ample range of styles and emotions, blending it all together with relentless rhythm, undeniably hooky melodies and their ever-present blistering guitar solos. ACO has spent the last 8 years touring the western world relentlessly, having crossed over mountains, oceans, and deserts just to spread their upbeat rhythms and feel good lyrics to one fan at a time. Having toured in countries such as: United States,Canada,Mexico,England,Scotland,Whales, Belgium,France,Germany,Denmark,Spain,Italy, Switzerland,Croatia,Austria,Czech Republic,Netherlands. Angel City Outcasts’ die hard following continues to grow everyday as the band forges its reputation as a staple favorite act in rock n roll.
Angel City Outcasts is a band that originated in Los Angeles, California in 2002. Their music consists of a style somewhere between punk rock and rock n' roll. The band consists of 4 members that all live in Los Angeles.
Their music is characterized by fast, catchy choruses, fast rhythms, and guitar solos. The band has since released two albums and their 3rd self titled record will be out May 11, 2010.
•Lead guitar/vocals: Tak Boroyan
•Lead vocals/rhythm guitar: Alex Brugge
•Drums: Jonny Mcnichols
•Bass: Hank Jassem
Angel City Outcasts a.k.a. ACO was formed in early 2002 with ex-members of two local LA punk bands, Youth Rebellion and Broke 'til Thursday. Being friends for years, Alex Brugge (lead vocals), Tak Boroyan (lead guitar), Alex Zabolotsky (bass) and Bob Zamudio (rhythm guitar) saw it as a perfect opportunity to consolidate their personal chemistry and will with a single band. Right around that time the four met Ryan Markley (drums), whose personality and musical taste was in sync with the rest of the group and ACO was at last complete.
Rearranging a small selection of key songs written in the previous two bands, the band shortly formed a foundation for a distinct style, which combines the urgency and charisma of street-punk and the versatility and skill of classic Rock 'n Roll. Angel City Outcasts brand of street rock is an assault against the often substandard, pretentious and boring music crowding the airwaves of today's TV and radio. The band's mission is to put brass balls, as well as skill, back into Rock'n Roll. ACO's musical influences are all over the spectrum including not only punk from every decade but also old country, rockabilly, hardcore, metal and everything in between. In 2004 the band released its first full length record entitled "Let It Ride", which showcased the band's technical prowess and its knack for infectious anthems. As a result the band was signed to Thorp / Sailor's Grave Records and People Like You Records in Europe. Two songs ("Youth Rebellion" and "Keep On") were featured in the Xbox game Greg Hastings Tournament Paintball.