We Outspoken, a voice for those who want and need to be heard, a stance above the crowd. An inclusive movement, philosophy, and driving force that four musicians have cultivated into an art form that expands the medium of music into something relative, real, and true, calling their audience to be outspoken; to live the life they choose.
Authentic, edgy, and disciplined are some words used to describe the sound of the band from Toronto, Canada. The year of 2008 brought together Anthony Mascarin (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Alex Mascarin (drums), Joe Manchisi (lead guitar/backup vocals), and Chris Andrews (bass), in hopes of creating their dream of playing in a band, not making music a pastime, but making it a career.
Like scientists We Outspoken spent their early years and many hours writing, recording, touring, networking and performing—getting their feet wet; understanding the music business with a “do it yourself” attitude.
Anthony and Alex created Outspoken Entertainment, a label and management company proving that you are nothing without a good business prospective. Under Outspoken Entertainment, We Outspoken have had the opportunity of running a lot of shows; their biggest was a show for American rock band, The Ataris in 2008. Outspoken Entertainment funded, marketed, promoted, and managed the show. We Outspoken toured with The Ataris in 2008 through to 2011 and on some occasions with singer Kris Roe, playing many of his hits with him such as, “In this diary”, “The boys of summer” and “San Dimas” proving their great camaraderie and teamwork.
We Outspoken have released three albums and three EPs: Born a boy...raised a punk (2003-Mushroom Productions), Hear we go (2008), Self-titled (2012), New heights EP (2013) Musicomonaia EP (2014) and All the right pieces (2016) under Outspoken Entertainment. All of these albums made their way onto shelves and digital stores across the world. This feat made things very real for We Outspoken; a profit was being made, tours were happening, merchandise was selling; a medium was being marketed and sold.
The band have released 7 music videos for their singles “I don’t know”, “The fall out”, “Crisis”, "A million people watching", "It's not alright", "Get up and fight" and "All the right pieces" in conjunction with Toronto based film production company, Rawfootage Productions.
A lot of their music has been featured in many international and domestic magazines including Canada’s Faze Magazine, Germany’s Outspoken Magazine/OX-Fanzine, and Ride UK, BMX Magazine, along with being on three international and domestic CD compilations: HIV Yellow Head Comp, Pop-Punk Comp, and CBC/Tea Volume Comp.
Five songs off We Outspoken’s Self-titled album have been licensed in a video game created by Distinctive Developments, called Downhill Xtreme. The second single, “Crisis” has been the flagship song for the game. “Crisis” has been featured in numerous commercials and advertisements which has generated over 15 million downloads. This first entry into song licensing marked a pivotal turning point for the band as it brought a lot of attention and created a worldwide awareness. Skateboard Party 2&3, Snowboard Party and Snowboard Party 2 developed by Rat Rod Studios have also licensed their music. Around the same time First Touch Games, another development company included their music in Dream League Soccer only adding to the groups marketing efforts.
We Outspoken have made some radio appearances all over the world including the Jason Ellis Show (Sirius/XM) while touring in California, playing in Hollywood at the Viper Room with Matt Sorum (drummer of Guns and Roses/The Cult/Velvet Revolver) and his new band, The Darling Stiletos. They were also invited back to play at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, for Ellismania 7 and at Ellismania 8 in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock hotel for a performance with music legend Unwritten Law. More opportunities would keep the band active and busy, only proving that they were on to something.
Throughout the years We Outspoken had the opportunity of playing with many bands all over the world including Yellow Card, New Found Glory, Sum41, Less than Jake, Four Year Strong, Reel Big Fish, Gob, Pennywise, Face to Face, and many other bands as well as festivals such as the Vans Warped Tour, CMW and NXNE.
The years of 2008-2018 saw We Outspoken tour in Europe, Asia, North America and South America.
In 2019 We Outspoken have signed to Los Angeles-based Cyber Tracks, which is owned and operated by NOFX’s Aaron Abeyta and his wife Jen. Their new album State Of The Art is due out on May 17, 2019. The band is giving fans a taste of their forthcoming album by unveiling the first song “Break Away” via Soundcloud.
We Outspoken and their dedication, hard work and passion, have gained them more recognition as an independent band amongst thousands.
Here they stand…
You are the movement, together we are outspoken.