ODDSLANE is a St. Louis based Rootsy Alt Rock band that creates 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 the award winning singer/songwriter Doug Byrkit, who in 2003 co-founded the group with longtime musical partner Brian Zielie.
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. Through out their musical careers, they can boast such accomplishments as sharing stages with diverse artist such as Lifehouse, Pete Yorn, The Royal Southern Brotherhood, 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 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. ODDSLANE joined the ranks of legendary artist to record at Sun by invitation on the studio’s part as an effort to promote emerging talent. 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 degree and to devote more time to music. 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 among Nashville publishing houses with several independent film score and web placements.
After a successful Kickstarter.com campaign, the group released their 3rd album DARK MATTERS in late 2012, which is the first release under the name ODDSLANE. They have already acquired an endorsement deal with Steve Clayton, Inc. in conjunction with the release of DARK MATTERS and shortly after Doug Byrkit was named 2012 ASCAP Plus Award winner for his achievements in songwriting. The band has begun working the national & international promotional companies which has seen the album begin to chart on internet and terrestrial radio in the US and abroad. The group has secured multiple contracts to license music from the current album to major networks such as MTV, E, Oxygen, Fox Sports, A&E, etc… as well as having placed music already in several independent projects including a full-length documentary by a former WWE Wrestler Nigel McGuinness. In addition, ODDSLANE was selected to appear and perform music from DARK MATTERS on The Chevy Music Showcase, with an entire episode in season 2 of the highly regarded syndicated television series devoted to them. The group plans to continue to promote the current album in 2013 and currently performs in the St. Louis metro and travels throughout the region in several different forms, from full electric band to acoustic solo gigs.