Odd Man In was founded over burgers and beer at the Union Square Heartland Brewery in New York City. Years of practice, experience with other bands, jamming, and late nights in an uncounted number of dive bars brought experienced singer and songwriter Joe Baker, long-haired bassist Geoff Roecker, double-bass-drum legend Matt Stein and enigmatic guitarist SAM BROWN together in November, 2008. After discussing the merits of Lamb of God, the peculiarities of Lady GaGa, their shared affection for Alice in Chains and the trainwreck fascination of Jersey Shore, the newly-formed band decided to rent a practice room and just see what happened.
The practical foundation of the band was created in weekly practice at Astoria Soundworks; the social foundation took root with the beer and wings special at the nearby McCann’s Bar. Finally, in October of 2009, Odd Man In debuted on the small stage of New York City venue The Underscore, drawing a surprising number of curious friends, family, and coworkers who wanted to see if the music would match the hype. They were not disappointed, or at least not disappointed enough to keep coming back for more. Odd Man In found more and more gigs as 2009 became 2010, playing at such venues as the Delancey Lounge, Trash Bar, and Public Assembly; they even once graced the stage of Paul Colby’s The Bitter End. 2010 also found the band at work on an EP, entitled Proof of Concept, which was self-produced and released that December.
After a brief break in early 2011, Odd Man In returned to the New York scene with a set of harder, faster tunes guaranteed to make the dudes jump around and the ladies say HEYYY-OH. They continue their unassuming conquest to this day; don't look now, it may be too late.