Under The Radar: White Hot Odyssey

Published on 8 September 2021 at 10:45

White Hot Odyssey is an American hard rock band formed in Eugene, Oregon in 2002. They were formed by Steve Perry and Jason Moss of Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, and Mark Rogers, Ed Cole, and Jivan Valpey.

In Steve’s words, White Hot Odyssey was an attempt bring back the idea of “roll” in rock and roll. It was reminsciencet f the glam, hard rock and protopunk that was around in the 1970s.

He wanted to do this project because he always had the dream to front a band of this style from when he was really young, and because he listened to New York Dolls, The Stooges, Sweet, and T.Rex.

They were known to open up for the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, and no one had any clue that Perry was in the opening and the main act!

In 2004, White Hot Odyssey was signed to Jive Records, a decision influenced by the popularity of The Darkness.

White Hot Odyssey is absolutely incredible.

It’s a complete breakaway from the style of Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. It’s so cool sounding, and the lyrics are amazing because it references everything that those rock songs talk about, but in a truer way. In most of those 70s songs, they used double entendres, but White Hot Odyssey talks about those same topics and doesn't use double entendres and it shows how most of those songs were about that, it just wasn't directly stated by those bands.

In most songs of this style, you hear about fame and fortune, but in these songs, they talk about what really happens. This includes the things that seem like a big deal because of fame, but is actually just the crazy stuff you wind up in because of how you can be influenced when everything is a little too lavish.

The style is amazing because it has pays homage to all the great rock bands, and it’s still original. It’s not nearly as talked about as it should be, because it's truly original.

This is another album that falls into the category of albums that are widely overlooked, but are great nonetheless. This album exists and it can be found and the existence is what matters.

If it exists, it can be heard. If it can heard, it can be shared.

Society can call it a hidden gem, but for those who dig deep, this is an instant classic.

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