When The Outfit visited our performance studio in 2013, they were a fairly young Denver rock band with a few songs in their repertoire. The band has evolved since then, and now has a debut full length out on the local Hot Congress label.

We welcomed back The Outfit shortly before an album release show to play four songs off the self-titled record. The band spoke with Alisha Sweeney about recording at Denver's Black In Bluhm studios, how Hot Congress founder Lucas Johannes propelled their career and a recent opening set for punk pioneers Buzzcocks.

Stream the full session and watch The Outfit perform "Camilla" above. See more videos and interview highlights below.

Frontman Eric Johnston on recording at Denver's Black In Bluhm Studio with producer Chris Fogal

"We just love how he operates. He gets what you're saying. When you're in the studio it's tough sometimes to describe exactly what you want.

"We were like: 'I want it to sound like my guitar strings are made out of spaghetti!' And then Chris says: 'No, this is what we're doing instead.' And it always works out better than some of our ideas." 

Johnston on a gig opening for Buzzcocks in Aspen

"It was awesome. So surreal. Even onstage I was like, 'Up next, the Buzzcocks!' It was kind of tough to take myself seriously saying that." 

Songs performed:

  • "Camilla"
  • "Ne'er Do Well"
  • "Soft Sided"
  • "Tyrannosaurus Surfboard"

"Ne'er Do Well"

"Soft Sided"

"Tyrannosaurus Surfboard"