Rock & Roll / Rockabilly

The Record Company

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The Record Company arrived right when they were needed most, their raw and righteous nod to rock ‘n’ roll ideal for a world that desperately needs to scream and shout. The Los Angeles-based trio; Chris Vos (guitar, lead vocals, harmonica), Alex Stiff (bass, guitar, vocals) and Marc Cazorla (drums, piano, vocals) – unleashed its Concord Records debut album, GIVE IT BACK TO YOU, on February 12, 2016. The highly-anticipated album found an instant audience with those looking for a raw and genuine sound filled with scratchy imperfection and backporch aesthetics. The record garnered the band their first GRAMMY Award nomination in the category of “BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM”. “Off The Ground,”‘ the album’s first single, proved a sensation, spending two consecutive weeks at #1 atop the Billboard Adult Album Alternative (AAA) charts. Their follow-up single “Rita Mae Young” is the album’s second consecutive AAA hit which has recently cracked into the Top Ten. The band’s popular success was also matched with enthusiastic critical acclaim. “‘Caught halfway between the stomp of mid-century rock & roll and the soulful kick of Delta blues, The Record Company kick up a raw, rootsy racket,”‘ raved Rolling Stone, who have also included the album at #30 on their ‘Best of 2016’ list. “The scuzzy, 10-track set meshes the group’s biggest influences…the early electric blues rock ‘n’ roll of John Lee Hooker, staccato lyrical delivery akin to The Stooges frontman lggy Pop, and Rolling Stones-style grooves” wrote Entertainment Weekly. The band formed in LA after a late night of hanging out as friends listening to records on their bass player Alex’s back porch. The spinning of a weathered vinyl copy of John Lee Hooker’s album “‘Hooker N’ Heat” at about 2am coupled with singer Chris Vos’ stories of a trip to see lggy & The Stooges at The Palladium in LA inspired the three to get together the next day and jam together. That following afternoon they decided to hang some mic’s up in Alex’s living room and start recording. “We listened to the playback that first day of recording,” Vos says, “and decided right then and there that we had to be a band.” GIVE IT BACK TO YOU is powerful and authentic, its electric fusion of classic influences, personal songwriting and contemporary energy feels designed to break hearts and shake the dance floor. Both intimate and intense, songs like “Off The Ground” and “Rita Mae Young” are marked by The Record Company’s ambidextrous instrumentation, built upon guitar, bass, and drums but also deftly incorporating harmonica, dobro slide, lap slide, pedal steel, piano, and anything else that might serve the music. The album was written, recorded, and mixed by the band in the same living room in Los Angeles that they formed in and did their first recordings, retaining the raw and untouched sound they originally set out to make. “When recording we trust early takes, love soulful mistakes, and record much of the song together live so we can keep the vibe of the recording feeling natural and still mix it with an aim to make the speakers move” says Vos. Known for their incendiary live sets, the band has toured nearly non-stop following the release of GIVE IT BACK TO YOU. Their first appearance at Bonnaroo this year prompted Rolling Stone Country to name the trio’s set among the event’s “Best Country and Americana Moments” while declaring it “a wildly energetic show and one of the most communal experiences of the festival.” They embarked on their first ever headline tour in the Fall of 2016, selling out nearly all 42 shows throughout the United States including The El Rey Theatre (Los Angeles), The Bowery Ballroom (NYC), Great American Music Hall (SF), World Café Live (Philadelphia), Turner Hall (Milwaukee) and the Fox Theatre (Boulder). 2016 also saw the band hit the late night TV airwaves including appearances on CBS’ Late Show with Stephen Colbert and TBS’ Conan, not to mention countless radio sessions and live concert broadcasts on SiriusXM, NPR’s World Cafe live, and Chicago, lL’s WXRT. The Record Company has also found themselves supporting and playing alongside a series of national and international tours and shows with a diverse group of legends and like-minded artists including Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Dawes, B.B. King, Kurt Vile, Mavis Staples, Social Distortion, and Blackberry Smoke. 2017 will see the band continue supporting GIVE IT BACK TO YOU with headline shows in North America, UK, Europe, and Australia as well as many major festival appearances. “Ultimately, it’s about making the right choices for the songs,” says Vos, “keeping things as engaging as possible without compromising the integrity of the song. Everything we do comes from our desire to write the best songs we can and make the most honest music that we can.” NOVEMBER 2016


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