Strange though it may seem, Oddly Enough means many different things.
This eclectic group draws from a myriad of influences and melds them together into a
distinctly cohesive sound. A strong Blues tone complements a more subtle Jazz aspect
which then enhances the Soulful lyrics.
Oddly Enough first came to life in an overheated bachelor pad in Lakeside,
California. It was late at night, the whiskey was flowing freely, and music was in the air.
Ryan busted out his guitar and started jamming something he had been working on for
a year or so but had never intended to bring to fruition. Oddly enough, Rachel had just
the right amount of liquid courage in her and started singing. The result was a raw and
powerful melody that took everyone, especially the musicians, by storm.
After that, the duo decided to try to write a couple more songs for fun because
Ryan was in a metal band called iNDUSTRY and wanted a more laid back side project.
They met when they could in between classes, work shifts, and parties to work on their
increasingly unique sound. One day Rachel was snooping through Ryan’s notebooks
and found a doodle on the back of one saying “Oddly Enough” and said, “Hey, that
would be a good band name.” When she showed it to him he laughed and said, “That
thing is so old! I wanted that for a band years ago!” And with that? The laid back side
project had a name.
For a few years the two played on and off, recording a bit here and there while
bringing in different friends and family members for contributions and constructive
criticism. They took a couple years off when Rachel unexpectedly found out she was
pregnant. This was the ultimate blessing for Oddly Enough, as it allowed for Ryan to
finish his Engineering Degree and for Rachel to give birth to a happy healthy baby boy.
When the two regrouped in the fall of 2010 they were fresh and more focused than ever
and the ideas just kept pouring out. They showcased one of their new songs and an
older one from before their break by trying an open-mic night at Lestat’s Coffee Shop in
After that performance, Oddly Enough decided to expand from being a laid back
side project to a full blown band. In fall 2011, Mike joined the ranks as bass player. This
was a little unusual for him, as he is originally a guitar player but wanted to broaden
his range and bought a bass on sale at Guitar World. He is affectionately referred to
as “Holiday,” a throwback to his days of bartending at the Holiday Inn years ago. About
3 months after Mike joined, Ryan broke the head of his djembe and called Doug to
come fix it while he and Rachel had a practice. Doug worked quietly, listening to what
Ryan and Rachel were working on and immediately expressed interest in the project.
When the djembe was fixed and tuned Doug started unexpectedly jamming to “What
You Started” and blew everyone away.
This quartet practiced for about a month or two before Jason, who rents a room in the studio where Oddly Enough holds practice, came down the hall and poked his head in the door. He played with Rachel and Ryan years ago, helping with some recordings when Oddly Enough was still that laid back side project. He’s in a metal band called Pentagoat but wasn’t busy at the time, so he brought his guitar over and jammed with the band. The result changed the future of the project forever.
Oddly Enough, whether a side project or a full band, seeks to transcend genres
by speaking to people in all walks of life. A simple message can be heard in the way
the music is written, and the way the lyrics are sung. It says “less is more” and can be
applied universally. Put on Oddly Enough to help you kick a couple back, set the mood,
and forget about the hard times. The music can bend your frame of mind, shine a light
on things that are thought but not said, and if you close your eyes it can take you away
from the moment for that fleeting instant your sanity desperately needs.