Wade Fitzgerald and Kevin Beatty talk about their new band project and their latest single.

What inspired you to start this band:
A: Kevin and I had both left our last bands in 2015. Even when we were in those bands we would always talk about starting something together. Over the next couple years I was in and out of the studio with my acoustic stuff and Kevin mentioned he wanted to start his own project. He came over to my apartment and we started writing some ideas together and I think just working on music together for the first time really excited us both. It went from writing songs for Kevin’s project to “We should just start a new band” almost instantly.

Where did the band name come from?
A: It’s so fucking hard to find a name that hasn’t been taking. I still think within the next few years bands are strictly going to have to register for a number and whatever number they get is the name of their band. Honestly, we had a few ideas and for some reason this is the one that stuck. I think it can mean a lot of things to different people. Everyone has their demons that they are fighting and lyrically Kevin and I really tried to embrace our own and write from the heart. A lot of these lyrics were heard to write just because of how personal we got with them. So I think the name is just a constant reminder that everyone has their demons to fight, this is us embracing it. “Some Devils” just happened to sound better to us than “Some Demons”.

How long did these songs take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?
A: We flew out to England and we had 4 days to track 4 songs. We decided to rent a car rather than taking a train to get from London to York thinking it would save time, but quickly realized it was a horrible decision. Rather than getting to the studio at 6pm, we got there at midnight which meant we now had 3 days. By the end of it Kevin and I couldn’t say a word. Our throats were literally bleeding. In the end, we got it done and we are beyond stoked and how these songs turned out. We owe it all to Sam and Joe Graves. They have continuously worked their ass off to deliver a class product. We spent less money going to England and recording with them then we would recording at a local studio here in OC and received a far better product than anything we’ve done locally.
We slept maybe 2 hours every night on the studio floor in oder to get this done, but I think I speak for all of us when I say we’d do it again tomorrow if we had to. It was an incredible experience.

What kind of ‘sound’, production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio? 
A: We were on the phone everyday with Sam Graves going over ideas. He would send us demos and we would see how our vocals fit best. I don’t think there was a certain sound or vibe that we were going for. We wanted to do what we were best at. Sam did an amazing job helping us write songs that catered to our individual strengths and I think the end product really surprised us with how it all came together. We’ve definitely found our sound and I don’t think it’s what any of us had in mind when we first came together.

What is one of your favorite track? and why? 
A: This is a tough one. There’s four tracks and all four have their own identity. They are all so moody. The one that I tend to listen to the most is called “Undertow”. Kevin just sounds like a fucking monster and it just hits perfectly in all the right places. It’s by far our heaviest song. Lyrically I think a lot of people will be able to relate. It’s a very honest song.
We also have a song called “Dedicated” that I wrote about watching my grandmother pass away. I was holding her hand as she went. It was the most intense experience I’ve ever had. I think this song may be may personal favorite because it’s a reminder that life is short and that we should push as hard as we fucking can while we are on this planet.

What encouraged the band to release singles rather than an EP? 
A: We wanted to take a different approach. We thought if we released a new single every month over the next few months then each song will get a fair amount of attention. Every song we release will have it’s own video and we want to see if we can use the internet to really reach some serious exposure on an international level. With the internet we have the power of instantly knowing what type of person responded to the song and what areas they are in. It’s been hard doing videos for all four songs, but I think it will be worth it and it will be a good way to keep listeners interested, which is the hardest part about starting a new band. We are all excited to see how it works out though!
Any overall theme of mood that you’re trying to capture while writing songs?
A: We just wanted to be honest with ourselves. We didn’t want to come out and try to be something that we’re not. Sam Graves did such a great job producing us and helping to define our overall sound. Each song has their own mood. It’s a very emotional group of songs. There’s hate, anger, sadness, confidence and remorse. We really weren’t sure how they were all going to tie together, but Sam really made that happen.

Does your vision for coming up with music get affected at all by time?
A: For myself, most definitely. Any time we have an idea for a song we demo it immediately and try not to wait long before we record. Sometimes you lose the passion behind the lyrics when you record months after writing it. Some of the lyrics we have we finished on the plane ride over. Everything was fresh and I think listeners will be able to feel that too.

How would you describe the sound of your band to any potential new fan?
A: I’m not too sure! Haha. I think anyone that is a fan of heavy melodic music will find something within these songs that will catch their attention. We wrote from a very honest place and I think a lot of people will be able to relate.

Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)
A: Oh man. We all have so many different influences it’s crazy. Personally, I just love good songwriting and showmanship. I’m a huge fan of Queen, ACDC, Aerosmith and Elton John. Growing up in the 90’s I was very into punk rock and hardcore as well. Bands like Blink, Lagwagon, AFI, No Use For A Name, Throwdown, Eighteen VisionsBleeding Through, Atreyu…I loved music. Even as a young kid I was obsessed with 1960’s Motown. I would listen to KEarth101 for hours every day waiting for them to play The Temptations or Smokey Robinson. If I was able to sit down with any group of musicians and just bullshit I’d pick Johnny CashElvis PresleyMike Ness and Dave Grohl. The drive and will these guys had to be successful in music is beyond inspiring.

When is the scheduled release date?
A: Our first song “Voices” will be released on iTunes and Spotify on 6/5 and we will be releasing the video for it as well. 

Having issues writing your bands bio? Here are some tips on how to do it.

I’ve been around enough bands to know that writing the bio is a difficult thing for musicians. That’s not to say that they don’t have the capability to write a good bio. It’s just that it can be a tricky thing to approach for a couple reasons. First, it requires a little bragging. For some reason a lot of musicians aren’t comfortable with that. If I can give one piece of advice to those musicians, it is this: get over it. If you aren’t going to brag about your band – and believe it wholeheartedly – then who will? 

The other reason the bio can be tricky is that it’s hard to summarize your music in a couple paragraphs – especially when you consider that your audience is total strangers. You face the challenge of what to include and what to exclude, and that’s not easy. However, it is necessary – especially if you want journalists to write about you and your music. As always I’m here to help. I’ve seen more press kits and band bios than I could possibly count, and here are some do’s and don’ts for you.


  • Include the phrase “cut its teeth” – as in “Harry Tongue and The Palmlickers is a band from Woonsocket, Rhode Island, that cut its teeth….” Yes, I understand the meaning of this term, but you can’t even imagine how many band bios this phrase appears in. If you want to stand out from other bands, don’t use the same phrase that so many other bands use.
  • List all the noteworthy places you’ve played – at least when you’re reaching out to writers. I imagine this is pretty useful information when you’re trying to get booked at venues, but it doesn’t mean much to writers. And yes, I am implying that you have two different bios: one for venues and one for media. That’s not an unusual thing. People looking for work often have a different resume depending on where they are submitting. Let’s just take a band from New England for example. If a band reached out to me and told me about the places in New England where they have played, what do you think that means to me, a writer in southern California? 
  • Go without one. Maybe you absolutely do not want to write a band bio. I can only tell you that’s a bad idea. Countless outlets are available to cover your music, and writers are always looking for content. If you choose not to have a bio, you’re basically saying you don’t want coverage from any of them. Oh, and I happen to know a very good writer if you want to hire some help writing your bio.


  • Include something unique about your band. Maybe your band had van troubles and got stranded in some outpost on a Tuesday night. There has to be an interesting story in that. Maybe your guitarist was friends with someone famous in grade school. Maybe your guitarist and drummer have known each other since they were six years old. Whatever the case may be, include that in your bio. A good writer will pick up on those items and ask you about them in an interview. (Yes, writers will interview you if you seek them.)
  • Keep it brief. This is the true challenge of writing the bio. How do you make it as interesting as possible while still keeping it short? Again, I know a writer who is available for hire to help with just this sort of thing.
  • Brag about your music. Look, it won’t do you any good to call your band the next version of The Beatles. That’s braggadocio, which is different than bragging. Think of it this way. With as much time as you’ve put into learning to play an instrument and rehearsing and writing song, you’ve earned the right to brag a little bit about your music. As with so many things in life, confidence is key. Trust me. Any writer worth his or her salt knows the difference between bragging and braggadocio. 

The bio can be a tricky thing, but like anything else, if you put in the effort, you (or the writer you get to help you) come up with something good.

Written by: Gary Schwind
OCML Digital Network Writer

New Episode of OCML Top5

This week, Dave Martinez curated some of the best tracks he could find in the local music scene. This playlist is a little mixed when it comes to genres but in the overall aspect its one rad playlist to listen to. Showcased in this playlist are:

5. Woolsey- Rey
4.Sabrina Lentini- No price for love
3.Sister Hymns- Pretty Vultures
2.Bearwulf- Inside
1.Them Evils- She’s got nothing.

Make sure to follow them on Facebook and purchase their music or catch their next live show! Enjoy this playlist! and as always #EnjoyLocalMusic

Check out more playlists and content at www.ocml.us

OCML Axiom: “Absence of basic sanitation facilities”

There are certain comforts we take for granted in our lives.

“People deserve to be able to sit down and go to the bathroom,

in a safe protected place.” – Angel

(Monday May 15th), three portable restrooms were attempted to be removed from the riverbed in Santa Ana. The porta-potties sat in location for less than 48 hours before a notice of removal was placed by county officials.

Over the last two weeks, our team(OCML) worked closely with OCPAC to raise the money to purchase, deliver, and service three portable restrooms for the homeless community of the riverbed. With donations from many parties, over $1000 was raised to solve this issue, and give this community one less hardship – a place of restroom privacy as well as proper sanitation.

The city as well as the county have both denied requests for restrooms on location for the homeless encampments, leaving community leaders and advocates to move on their own. Residents of the encampment have advised the lack of proper equipment for sanitation is not only dehumanizing, but can ultimately lead to unwanted spread of diseases.

“Absence of basic sanitation facilities can:

  • Result in an unhealthy environment contaminated by human waste. Without proper sanitation facilities, waste from infected individuals can contaminate a community’s land and water, increasing the risk of infection for other individuals. Proper waste disposal can slow the infection cycle of many disease-causing agents
  • Contribute to the spread of many diseases/conditions that can cause widespread illness and death. Without proper sanitation facilities, people often have no choice but to live in and drink water from an environment contaminated with waste from infected individuals, thereby putting themselves at risk for future infection. Inadequate waste disposal drives the infection cycle of many agents that can be spread through contaminated soil, food, water, and insects such as flies.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/sanitation/toilets.html

One of the complaints that drove animosity to our joint efforts was it’s location; about 30 yards from some playground equipment. OCML Co-founder and Axiom host John Safari stated, “This argument only makes sense if we don’t consider that the playground exists unused, along a lightly trafficked bike path, because this area has become an encampment for the homeless community.”

Lawyer and advocate Mohammad Aly rallied early Monday afternoon after locals saw the notice placed by the county. Apparently, the county wanted $2,000 for permit paperwork to be filed same day, which is double the cost of the portable toilets themselves. Ultimately, a long day of hardship ended up being solved with a few dollies, one lawyer, one little girl, 200 feet and the homeless community working together to keep their right to somewhat safe sanitation and hygiene. The County truck arrived, but could not remove the porta-potties as they now sat on city property.

Moving forward community efforts hope to be approved from county and city officials as it will only help to improve the current homeless quality of life within Orange County.