Byron Blocker & The Offbeats are late-night growlers hailing from the mean underbelly of Hollywood night life and sound like Tom Waits, Sublime, and The Stray Cats got into a fist fight! The Offbeats can be summed up in 3 words: Suits, Whiskey, and TROUBLE.
In 2011 the trio played more than 100 shows, rocking nearly every gin joint & concert hall between Los Angeles and San Diego. For two years running Byron Blocker & The Offbeats played the world famous Viper Room in Hollywood more than any other band and can be found monthly at Pike Bar in Long Beach (owned by members of Social Distortion). The Offbeats have knocked ‘em down BIG and small – from Hard Rock Café Hollywood and the House of Blues Sunset’s 2011 Halloween Extravaganza all the way down to the back alley speakeasy’s slinging bourbon well past cut off in a cloud of cigarette smoke – these kats burned ‘em all to the ground!
Their first CD was the self released and lovingly titled Pre-Mustard EP, produced and mixed by Joseph “Bunny” Holiday at The Bunny Ranch in Hollywood, CA. The EP has sold over 6000 physical copies so far, received excellent reviews, and been widely played on college radio stations across California. Later that year the band released “A Kick In The Teeth” a 5 song EP with covers of Johnny Cash, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and even Lady Gaga. The EP was a run away success for the band being downloaded and streamed like nothing The Offbeats had seen before and continues to garner new exposure and opportunities for the band.
In 2012 The Offbeats were the house band at Skinny’s Lounge in North Hollywood, recently celebrated in LA Weekly’s Best of LA Awards for “Best Place To Chill Over The Hill”. The Offbeats even used the swank lounge as the location for their first full production music video by Seaward Studios and directed Jon Schweigart for the song “Whiskey Kisses (Vodka Screams)” written by Byron Blocker, Jeff Blue (multi-platinum music producer and consultant for Atlantic Records – Lincoln Park, Macy Gray, Better Than Ezra), and Mike Gonsolin (Paris Hilton, Bree Olson, The Veronicas).
The Offbeats are currently working on their 3rd studio EP in conjunction with SoCal Records and gigging hard enough to wear holes in their suits. The band consists of Byron Blocker (Vocals/Guitar), Scott Carter (Bass), and Tino Marrufalo (Drums). For press or booking questions please email us at info@SoCalRecords.com
Hard Work. Mean Tunes.