Formed in NYC's East Village in 1980, Band of Outsiders was active on the NYC club scene and played throughout the northeast for most of the decade. Tracks produced by Ivan Kral resulted in UK and France releases, and the band toured and/or recorded in UK/Europe in '84, '85. '87.
The group's November 1988 farewell show at CBGB, with Nikki Sudden sitting in, became the live album "Armistice Day".
Except for a one-off set in 1999 (for a CBGB 25th anniversary date with Fleshtones and Certain General), the band was dormant for 20 years, until an October 2008 benefit event inspired a reunion. Since then the band has stayed together, playing, writing and recording.
Member chronology: Marc Jeffrey (guitar, vocals) 1980-88, 1999, 2008-present. Richard Maurer (drums) 1980-88, 1999, 2008-present. Dave Lee (guitar, backing vocals) 1980-83, (bass) 1999, 2008-present. Jim McCarthy (guitar, vocals) 1983-88, 1999, 2008-present. John Massetti (bass) 1980-83. Harlan Gibson (bass) 1983-84. Danny Hirsch (bass) 1984. Joe Drake (bass) 1984-88.
"intriguing songs and with some riveting psych guitar buzzing" ~ Downtown Music Gallery
"A twin guitar fest loaded with emotional ballads and sonic benders" ~ Kris Needs, Trax
"an ensnaring ambience" ~ Art Black, Trouser Press
“quintessential NY guitar group” ~ Bucketfull Of Brains
"atmospheric LES psychedelic garage legends" ~ Lucid Culture