The Outlandos is a tribute to The Police. We are a proper 3 piece band, with Rich, Enio and Andy playing the parts of Sting, Stewart and Andy. We play all the hits, and many songs that The Police never played live.
The Outlandos came together in 2009, when Rich launched the project. He put up "guitarist and drummer wanted" posters and in time connected with Andy. The band rehearsed several drummers over the years, and recently found the perfect addition, with Enio joining in November of 2018. "The challenge was securing the musicians with the chops and commitment for a project like this. I've found those qualities in Andy and Enio. The Police were an incredible hybrid of styles with each member contributing his own special approach. The result being something very unique and original. The chances of bringing together another set of three guys who can each nail those respective roles are very slim. I think I've done it. "
One of the challenges with playing the music of The Police is that they were, and still are, great players and musicians. So, the guys each now have to use all the stuff they have learned over the years, and apply it to playing this music. Andy has taken many of the styles he has learned from playing various different music and been able to apply to this project. Finger picking, slide, and various techniques, and learning where to use the various pedals. Add to that the bass and string sections he controls from the synth pedals. Enio has a very difficult job, as Stewart always played the parts differently, which, in itself, makes the drum parts exciting. Add that to the energy you need, Enio is always busy. Sting's vocals are always challenging, and Rich is reaching all the needed notes to make the songs sound right.
The band is currently rehearsing, and will be playing gigs in southern Ontario. See our Facebook page as well, @theoutlandoscanada, for upcoming shows.
We had a fantastic 2019, with more shows than I had hoped for. Looking forward to a great 2020, We already have several shows booked, and look forward to playing somewhere near you. Thanks to all the fans who support us.
On guitars : Andy T.
Andy has studied many types of guitar music, and is incorporating many of the styles that Andy Summers used in The Police. There are many complex chords and finger picking styles. He is also using many of the same types of effects pedals as Andy Summers did, to get those great Police guitar sounds. Andy has added a Roland PK5a MIDI synth pedal to be able to add synth parts while still holding down the guitar bits.
Andy plays Fender and Gibson guitars, Fender Bassman amps, and various pedals. Andy now has the required Telecaster guitar.
Andy loves the fun side of playing, and often cracks up the rest of the band with his antics. Andy also sings harmony vocals.
On drums and percussion: Enio Direto
Enio is a versatile drummer, and has played many different styles. He is well versed in the playing of Stewart and is able to get the complexities he played. Enio plays Sonor Vintage Maple Prolite drums; 22 x 17.5 kick, 14 x 6.5 black brass over chrome snare, 10 x 8 tom, 12 x 9 tom, 16 x 16 floor tom, and 2 Tama Octobans. Enio uses Sabian cymbals; AAX 10" splash, HHX 17", 18" and 19" crash 22" ride, and HHX 14" High Hats. Enio has the energy of Stewart, and gets the real vibe of his playing down!!
Enio has the essential Octobans !! We are excited about this addition, it was something Stewart had for the additional percussive hits. Now also with the necessary chimes.
On bass and vocals: Rich Summoner
Rich has played bass for 40 years, starting back in the late 1970s, and also plays guitar. He has played many different styles as well, and loves to recreate the bass lines of Sting. Rich plays a fretted Jazz bass, that looks very similar to Sting's old, beat up Jazz, a fretless red Precision bass, and a Fender Precision bass, in sunburst, like the bass Sting used on the Ghost in the Machine recordings. Rich also uses Fender bass amps, and an Octaver pedal to get the 8 string bass sounds. Rich has sung vocals for just as long, in many styles. Rich loves the challenge of trying to recreate the stage persona of Sting, during the heyday of The Police, from 1978 to 1983.
Rich uses a Roland PK5a bass pedal to his setup; for songs like "Don't Stand So Close". Rich has just added a TC Helicon vocal processor to add harmonies to many of the songs.
The Outlandos are located in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. We are willing to travel, so please contact us.