Los Angeles based rock-outfit 3 By Design wrap up recording on their sophomore release “Enemy” out on May 2. Band gets set to embark on a trek of March dates that include three Heart of Texas Rockfest shows at SXSW.
3 By Design is—Kevin Hicklin (guitar,) Frank Mullis (bass,) Kent Diimmel (drums,) and Jon Goodhue (voice.)
The band formed in late 2014 but longtime friends Frank and Kevin had already been writing together for years after first meeting in the music room as employees at a local Best Buy. After an extensive search they found the perfect musical partners in Kent and Jon, linking up on randomly on Craigslist. From the first time the foursome played together they knew this was the connection they were looking for.
Soon after they got to work writing and recording and released their debut EP, Under The Surface that spawned their first music video “Shatter” which premiered on BlankTV. The band began paying their dues and garnered an underground buzz and a loyal fan base. Tirelessly gigging around Orange County, San Diego and Los Angeles, they have shared the staged with the likes of Puddle of Mudd, Sons of Texas and 36 Crazyfists to name a few.
Their upcoming independent EP, Enemy delivers one incendiary and infectious anthem after another driven by muscular guitars, grooving rhythms, and entrancing vocals. The first single “Man at the Wheel” speeds full steam ahead with a barreling riff and unshakable chant. The title track “Enemy” matches that energy with another immediately catchy chorus and lyrically goes a little deeper for the group.
This is only the beginning for this hungry and hard-working bunch. 3 By Design have honed their musical chops and achieved a unique, melodic sound that’s heavy, yet musical and well-defined. Their combination of harder leaning riff laden guitars, poignant lyrics, and soaring vocals are sure to separate them from the pack.
March Tour Dates-
3/11 Dani P’s San Diego, CA
3/12 OMD Theater Las Vegas, NV
3/13 Herman’s Hideaway, Denver, CO
3/16 Heart of Texas Rockfest 7th & Neches (3:20 p.m.) Austin, TX
3/17 Heart of Texas Rockfest 7th & Neches (7:30 p.m.) Austin, TX
3/18 Heart of Texas Rockfest Blue Moon Bar (midnight) Austin, TX