In 2015 Deffenbaugh moved to Los Angeles and met accomplished drummer, Daniel Rodriguez. They were soon joined by the spectacular jazz-trained musician, Doug Slohm, on bass. Finally, the group was completed when Alex Monfort joined bringing his experience as a prodigious blues guitarist to the fold.
Hello Stranger combines Deffenbaugh’s expansive songwriting with Rodriguez's thunderous drumming, Slohm's expressive grooves, and Monfort’s soulful leads. Their sound is rooted in rock history, but is also inventive, wide-ranging, and modern.
Hello Stranger released their debut record, Long Division, in January 2018, and the response was overwhelming. In the first week alone, the album received 200k+ downloads and streams.
The band is currently hard at work supporting Long Division and working on a follow up album.