History of The Whereabouts
The Whereabouts, dubbed “the most undefinable rock band” has branches that reach in nearly every musical direction, but the rock band’s growth is deeply rooted in a garage-rock side project titled Rebels of Analog (ROA). Founded by vocalist CJ Hazard, drummer The Andimal, bassist Josh Ahrens, and Timmy VG (who was at the time playing lead guitar in the group) in 2011, the ROA played a run of SoCal venue shows, and even released a self-produced studio album entitled “Lady Luck” in April, 2012.
In October 2012, founding ROA members Timmy VG and Josh Ahrens became entangled in a drunken fist fight in the middle of the street outside of Boscoe’s Bar and Grill, and Timmy VG left the project, making way for the jazz-metal guitar protegee, Andrew Talley, whom CJ had met at a New Year’s party earlier that year.
With a new guitarist in the ranks, the ROA decided to start fresh by committing to the band full time. The side-project was upgraded to a full-fledged band, and the name was changed to The Whereabouts.
The band spent the next couple of years performing and getting drunk at local venues and in the summer of 2012, launched their first official LP, “Ice Cream Desire,” which was mixed and mastered by CJ and producer Daniel McKim. Later that year founding member Josh Ahrens left the band and Timmy VG returned to the band to play his native instrument, bass.
Throughout 2014 through 2016 the band energized West Coast stages with Sebastian Bach of Skid Row, The Kiefer Sutherland Band, LA Guns, Enuff Z’Nuff, The Untouchables, and more. Between practices, the members self-recorded and produced an album made entirely of cover songs, “Under The Covers,” which didn’t release until early 2016 due to Andrew Talley taking a temporary leave from the band. A replacement guitarist was brought in, the cover album was released, and the band crammed themselves, their gear, and their manager into CJ’s motorhome to embark for their first tour.
Talley returned to the group in 2016, and the re-united band began development of their first professional studio album, “Light Inside,” produced by Chad Kulengosky at Sound Connected studio in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.
The band is always preparing to launch another album. They are filming music videos, planning their tour, and practicing at their lockout for upcoming shows. With a collective indifference towards contemporary frivolities and a passion for performing, the members of The Whereabouts are always pushing the boundaries that others may attempt to create.