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Winter blackout tour: The Expendables headline while working on new music

California-based reggae-rock band The Expendables are putting the final touches on their seventh album.

California-based reggae-rock band The Expendables are putting the final touches on their seventh album.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s been a busy few months for Ryan DeMars.

The member of California reggae-rock band The Expendables is finishing up the band’s seventh album – all while on a tour.

The band’s latest tour, “Winter Blackout Tour,” has been a success.

DeMars says the tracking for the new album is done and the members are just doing some overdubs on the music.

“We don’t have a release date yet,” he says. “We’re still trying to plan out the rest of the year. We want to make sure that we’re on tour when we release the album. That’s the smart thing to do.”

DeMars says the band recorded about 20 songs for the album and will begin narrowing down that number.

He says he and the other members, which include Raul Bianchi, Geoff Weers and Adam Patterson, will get that done in the next few months.

“It’s always fun to go back and see what we’ve worked on,” he says. “We’re pros at this because it’s our seventh album. We just want it to be as perfect as it can be.”

The Expendables have toured with such acts as 311, Pepper, Slightly Stoopid, Kottonmouth Kings, Less Than Jake and G. Love & Special Sauce.

With those tours, they have developed quite a following. Yet, it was their song “Sacrifice” from the band’s album, “Gettin’ Filthy,” that got them noticed by a bigger audience. The song was featured on the video game “Guitar Hero World Tour.”

DeMars says that was an opportunity the band couldn’t pass up.

“It was insane to know that people all over the world have played the game and heard our song,” he says. “It was something we didn’t even think of happening to us. Since then, we’ve made more of an effort to get our music out there.”

In fact, the band relies heavily on the “do-it-yourself” method of marketing. DeMars says it’s important that all the members understand the process.

“We’re very hands on with marketing and I think the fans really like that,” he says. “We’re all over social media. Then we add in the street teams who help us build some buzz.”

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