It is unheard of for a band to accidentally come together and work in a perfect symbiotic relationship, but this is the case for Out Write Legends. Officially forming in February 2016, Zack Skinner and Opie Lee, the co founders, first met in a jam session with some other musicians. Zack, on lead guitar, could throw Opie with practically any riff and Opie follow along every step of the way with his bass. Looking for a drummer, a friend who brought a friend who had also brought a friend, sat right down and killed a Lamb of God song. Looking no more, they scooped Arthur Rinker to join their band. The newest addition to the lineup is Matt Burnett who is a long-time metal loving friend of Opie’s. Starting his career singing in his car with pure passion and work, Matt is now lead vocalist for Out Write Legends.
Out Write Legends was started by metalheads for metalheads. Zack felt that there just aren’t enough metal bands in Wichita Falls, so they created a band to make the metal community stronger. “I don’t want to be the biggest or the best. It’s not about that because I love all the genres and different kinds of things around here. I think Wichita Falls is very multicultural when it comes to arts and I just want to see what I can do to better the scene I love, and that I’m a part of.”
Out Write Legends is all about getting the party started and making sure everyone has a great time. While playing, the band injects so much energy into the crowd, there is no choice left but to go completely crazy. Zack and Opie have no problem jumping in with the crowd while they play, thrashing along, carrying the energy. The band is known to have given the crowd a round of shots during their set to keep the party going. With tons of intricate riffs, heavy breakdowns, and heavy verses, who could possibly contain themselves. They thoroughly encourage the crowd to come up on their set and get rowdy with them.
Out Write Legends stays busy creating and perfecting new material. There should be a good contrast with Zack’s brutal death metal lyrics and Matt’s inspirational lyrical approach. Their new EP should be set for release between February and March, so be looking for an EP release show during that time. Along with the EP in 2018, Out Write Legends looks to put out new merch and play several shows in Wichita Falls and the DFW area. In 2018, they are set to broaden their ever growing fan base and ride this train as far as they can take it. They are even looking to start sorting out more gigs which allow all age groups. Out Write Legends feels that there needs to be an encouragement to the younger generations to step outside of their bubble and taste the metal scene. Their goal is to turn at least one head each show, to spark an interest in their music or scene. “I don’t see these kids picking up guitars anymore,” Zack finds. Pick up an instrument. Go to a show. Listen to local music, open your ears to something new. Even if metal may not seem like your thing or you’re too scared to go to a show, give it a try and you may find the life of the party you were always looking for.
Metalheads are some of the most humble and friendly communities out there. They will always greet you with open arms. No matter the age gap, race, sexual preference you’re always welcome. Out Write Legends just wants to strengthen the metal community and they want for you to have a good time. This band was brought together to keep the metal alive and going. They live for the energy and life of the brotherhood in the metal scene. Zack and Opie welcome you to their upcoming year with, “ Come with an open mentality. Don’t get hurt, get sweaty, and just have a good time.” Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming shows. Metal lover or not, you will be entertained.