Akron group Social 66 began as a solo project for Jason O’Daniel (vocals, guitar). The 1991 Fairborn High School graduate played all of the instruments on Social 66’s first two albums, “Self-Governed” and “The Party is On.”
Earlier this year, the radio-friendly hard rock group, performing at McGuffy’s House of Rock on Friday, expanded to include Se7en (guitar, vocals), Eric Seevers (bass, vocals) and Joe Bailey (drums).
O’Daniel recently took a few minutes to answer some questions about the group’s evolution.
Q: What took you to the Akron area?
A: “I grew up in Fairborn. I was there until my early 20s when I pretty much left to tour and play music. I ended up here just through travels. I got in a band here and I ended up settling down. I always wanted to be close to Cleveland because there was always a mystique to that place with the history of rock ’n’ roll, so I always wanted to make it up this way and see what was going on and I ended up sticking around. I live here, but I’ve always been traveling and playing music.”
Q: How long have you had this new crew playing in Social 66?
A: “It hasn’t been that long. I’d say, late spring. It took a while to find the right guys. I learned you can’t force it. The past 90 days we’ve just been shot out of a cannon and have been made up a ton of ground.”
Q: How often do you perform at McGuffy’s?
A: “I don’t want to be there every weekend, but I try to go down there quarterly. When we book a tour each season I always make a point to grab a show there. If you’re from the Dayton area, you know about McGuffy’s. My parents would go there back in the day and party. It’s just a staple. In the rock world, I come across people who aren’t from there, but McGuffy’s is still an important club to hit. Even if they don’t have the ties from growing up there, they know it’s an important club they need to stop and play as they’re touring.”
Q: What’s next for Social 66?
A: “We have a lot of good shows coming up. We’re touring with some good national bands like Bobaflex and Smile Empty Soul. We’re playing all over the East Coast the rest of the year. Then we’re going to work on an album over the winter so it’s ready for spring.”
How to go
Who: Social 66 with Red Sun Rising and No Tomorrow
Where: McGuffy’s House of Rock, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton
When: 9:30 p.m. Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 21 and older, $8 18-20
More info: (937) 256-3005 or www.mcguffys.net
Artist info: www.reverbnation.com/social66