THE RECORD COMPANY READY TO FLY ON “OFF THE GROUND TOUR”
Acclaimed Rock-and-Soul Trio Announce Biggest US Headline Tour To Date, Lifting Off September 25th At Seattle, WA’s Tractor Tavern
Epic Live Schedule Includes Headline Dates, Festival Sets, and Shows Alongside Gov’t Mule and Blackberry Smoke, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
“Off The Ground” Spends Two Consecutive Weeks As #1 Song At Triple A Radio Nationwide
GIVE IT BACK TO YOU Available Everywhere Now
Concord/CMG recording group The Record Company has announced plans for a truly epic US headline tour. The “Off The Ground Tour” – which marks the Los Angeles-based rock-and-soul trio’s biggest headline trek to date – goes wheels up on September 25 at Seattle, WA’s famed Tractor Tavern and then travels through mid-November (see itinerary below).
Widely regarded as a fantastic live band, The Record Company proved conquering heroes at this year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, prompting Rolling Stone Country to name the trio’s set among the event’s “5 Best Country and Americana Moments” while declaring it “a wildly energetic show and one of the most communal experiences of the festival.” The band will precede the “Off The Ground Tour” with a marathon summer schedule highlighted by headline shows, support dates alongside Gov’t Mule and Blackberry Smoke, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and Concord labelmates Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, as well as festivals including Milwaukee, WI’s Summerfest (June 30), Quincy, CA’s High Sierra Music Festival (July 2 and 3), Portland, OR’s Waterfront Blues Festival (July 4), Boston, MA’s Outside The Box Festival (July 16), Camden, NJ’s XPoNential Music Festival (July 23), Rowayton, CT’s Rowayton Summer Music Festival (July 31), Johnstown, PA’s Flood City Music Festival (August 5th), Billings, MT’s Magic City Blues Festival (August 6), Winter Park, CO’s 6th Annual Leftover Salmon’s SolShine Festival (August 13), Nashville, TN’s Live On The Green Music Festival (August 25), Del Mar, CA’s KAABOO Del Mar (September 16), and Burlington, VT’s Grand Points North (September 18). For regularly updated tour announcements and ticket information, please visit www.therecordcompany.net.
“Off The Ground” – the lead single from The Record Company’s acclaimed debut album, GIVE IT BACK TO YOU – is fast shaping up as a major breakthrough having recently spent two consecutive weeks as the #1 track at Triple A radio outlets nationwide – topping new songs from such superstars as The Lumineers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Avett Brothers. The striking “Off The Ground” companion video – directed by Kelly Teacher and The Record Company – is streaming now at the band’s official YouTube channel.
The Record Company made a striking live TV debut earlier this year with a powerful performance of “Off The Ground” on TBS’ Conan. Additional appearances are slated for the coming months and will be announced soon.
Both The Record Company and GIVE IT BACK TO YOU have received a tidal wave of ecstatic critical praise in recent months, with Entertainment Weekly enthusing, “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 Iggy Pop, and Rolling Stones-style grooves.” Rolling Stone declared The Record Company to be among ’10 New Artists You Need To Know,” hailing “their stomping debut album” while rightfully noting, “It would be unfair to label the lean, deliberate three-piece as a simple blues-rock band.”
“GIVE IT BACK TO YOU shines a light on a group whose sound owes less to the West Coast city in which it was created and more to the backwoods juke joints that songs like ‘Hard Day Coming Down’ evoke,” raved Rolling Stone Country. “The blues may be nothing new, but The Record Company wring new life out of old traditions.” “Raw emotion, dedication, honesty and hard work,” wrote Paste. “These are just some of the words that best describe Los Angeles rock trio The Record Company.” “(The Record Company) mix greasy garage rock, fat blues and classic roots,” declared Blurt, “for a timeless sound that could pass for late ’60s Stones or the latest from the Black Keys.” “Whether you play this album from front to back or on shuffle,” noted Glide, “it’s a win-win gamble. (GIVE IT BACK TO YOU) provides a solid helping of rock n’ roll that cuts right down to the bone.” Perhaps Aquarian Weekly summed it up best: “GIVE IT BACK TO YOU is The Record Company’s Concord Records debut. It rocks like a bitch in heat.”
Founded in 2011 by Chris Vos (guitar, lead vocals, harmonica), Alex Stiff (bass, guitar, vocals) and Marc Cazorla (drums, piano, vocals), The Record Company immediately took their hometown by storm, hailed by LA Weekly for “making bluesy music that would sound more at home in a sweaty, backwoods Mississippi juke joint.”
Equally inspired by early electric blues as they are proto-punk and Americana, The Record Company hewed their contemporary take on classic rock ‘n’ roll by hanging some vintage mics in Stiff’s Los Feliz, CA living room, then as now the site of all of the trio’s writing, rehearsing, recording, and mixing. Two self-released EPs brought them national attention and radio airplay, as did a remarkable work ethic that has seen the band spend much of the past half decade on the road. Known as a unique and unstoppable live act, The Record Company have rocked countless headline shows, festivals, and radio concerts, while sharing international stages and spotlights with such luminaries as B.B. King, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Buddy Guy, Charles Bradley, Robert Randolph, The Wood Brothers, Social Distortion, and Blackberry Smoke.
Along with increasingly significant airplay at college and Triple A radio outlets across the country, The Record Company has seen featured play in a wide range of commercial, film, and television projects, including Showtime’s Shameless, ABC’s Nashville, CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Miller Lite’s popular “Trivia” spot.
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THE RECORD COMPANY
ON TOUR 2016
30- Milwaukee, WI- Summerfest §
2- Quincy, CA- High Sierra Festival §
3- Quincy, CA- High Sierra Festival §
4- Portland, OR- Waterfront Blues Festival §
13- Jackson Hole, WY- Jackson Hole Live!
15- Hampton Beach, HN- Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom *
16- Boston, MA- Out of the Box Festival §
17- Providence, RI- Fete Lounge
19- Hamden, CT- The Ballroom
20- Amagansett, NY- Stephen Talkhouse
21- Portland, ME- Port City
22- Asbury Park, NJ- Wonderbar
23- Camden, NJ- XPoNential Festival §
25- Columbus, OH- A&R Music Bar
26- Erie, PA- Liberty Park Amphitheater
28- Cleveland, OH- Grog Shop
29- Pittsburgh, PA- WYEP Final Fridays
30- Baltimore, MD- Baltimore Soundstage
31- Rowayton, CT- Rowayton Summer Music Festival §
5- Johnstown, PA- Flood City Music Festival §
6- Billings, MT- Magic City Blues Festival §
13- Winter Park, CO- Leftover Salmon’s SolShine Festival §
14- Santa Fe, NM- Santa Fe Railyard
16- Telluride, CO- Club Red
17- Crested Butte, CO- Live from Mt. Crested Butte
19- Colorado Springs, CO- The Black Sheep
20- Littleton, CO- Breckenridge Brewery @
25- Nashville, TN- Live On the Green §
1- Eugene, OR- Cuthbert Amphitheater #
3- Missoula, MT- Big Sky Brewery #
4- Jackson, WY- Fireman’s Ball #
16- Del Mar, CA- KAABOO Del Mar §
18- Burlington, VT- Grand Point North §
25- Seattle, WA- Tractor Tavern
26- Portland, OR- Mississippi Studios
28- Boise, ID- Neurolux
29- Salt Lake City, UT- The State Room
30- Aspen, CO- Belly Up
1- Boulder, CO- Fox Theater
3- Kansas City, MO- Record Bar
4- Minneapolis, MN- 7th Street Entry
6 – Milwaukee, WI- Turner Ballroom
7- Chicago, IL- Lincoln Hall
8- Appleton, WI- Tanner’s Bar and Grill
10- Cincinnati, OH- 20th Century Ballroom
11- Ann Arbor, MI- Blind Pig
13- Pittsburgh, PA- Rex Theater
14- Charlottesville, VA- The Southern
15- Washington, DC- Rock and Roll Hotel
17- Woodstock, NY- Bearsville Theater
18- Northampton, MA- The Iron Horse
20- Albany, NY – The Hollow
21- Buffalo, NY- The Tralf
22- Philadelphia, PA- World Café Live
24- Cambridge, MA- Sinclair
25- Brooklyn, NY- Rough Trade
27- New York, NY- Bowery Ballroom
28- Norfolk, VA- FM Backstage
29- Durham, NC- Motorco Music Hall
30- Wilmington, NC- Bourgie Nights
31- Charlotte, NC- Visulite Theater
2- Charleston, SC- Pour House
3- Atlanta, GA- Vinyl
4- Birmingham, AL- WorkPlay Theater
5- Nashville, TN- 3rd and Lindsley
7- Mobile, AL- Soul Kitchen
8- New Orleans, LA- House of Blues New Orleans
10- Houston, TX- House of Blues – Bronze Peacock
11- Dallas, TX- House of Blues – Cambridge Room
12- Austin, TX- Antone’s
14- Tucson, AZ- Club Congress
15- San Diego, CA- Casbah
17- Los Angeles, CA- El Rey Theater
19- San Francisco, CA- Great American Music Hall
* w/ Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
@ w/ Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
# w/Gov’t Mule and Blackberry Smoke
§ Festival Appearance
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LA-BASED TRIO THE RECORD COMPANY
SET TO RELEASE CONCORD DEBUT GIVE IT BACK TO YOU ON FEBRUARY 12, 2016
“We’re The Record Company, we play rock and roll.”
L.A.-based buzz band The Record Company has signed with Concord Music Group, which is releasing its debut album Give It Back to You on February 12, 2016.
The rock/roots trio of Chris Vos (guitar, lead vocals, harmonica), Alex Stiff (bass, guitar, vocals) and Marc Cazorla (drums, piano, vocals) has already been hailed by LA Weekly for “making bluesy music that would sound more at home in a sweaty, backwoods Mississippi juke joint,” while Time Out Los Angeles has described their sound as “reminiscent of some of the best acts of the ’50s and ’60s—like if John Lee Hooker and the Stooges had a well-behaved love child.”
The comparisons are apt.
“We have been influenced by early electric blues, so some of that influence certainly shows,” acknowledges Vos. “But we’re just as influenced by bands like the Stones and The Stooges as we are by blues legends like Hooker, Muddy Waters and Jimmy Reed.”
Wherever it comes from, Vos, Stiff and Cazorla have clearly come up with a fresh take on classic rock ‘n’ roll that has proven appeal: Their music, well ahead of a record deal, has been featured in over 30 commercial, film, and television placements including the theatrical trailer for Last Vegas and ads for Coors Light, Subaru, Showtime’s Shameless, ABC’s Nashville, CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and a current ad for Miller Lite.
Meanwhile, The Record Company has developed a reputation as a live act worthy of sharing the stage with such top attractions as B.B. King, Grace Potter, Trombone Shorty, Buddy Guy, Charles Bradley, Robert Randolph, The Wood Brothers, Social Distortion, and Blackberry Smoke—with whom they toured the U.K. and Europe. On the strength of two EPs (Superdead, released in 2012, and Feels So Good, in 2013), the band received strong college and Triple A radio format airplay and performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Milwaukee’s Summerfest, NAPA Valley’s Bottlerock, Ottawa Folkfest, the Quebec City International Summer Festival and the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.
“Our sound has a lot of early rock n’ roll but with a greater emphasis on the drums and bass,” says Vos. “We aim to make the speakers move with our recordings.”
The group writes, rehearses, records and mixes all of its music in the same living room in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz where it originated.
“It all comes from our desire to write the best songs we can–and the most honest music that we can,” says Vos. “We try to mix in different elements to keep it fresh. For example, our song ‘On the Move’ has just harmonica, bass, and drums with no guitar. ‘Don’t Let Me Get Lonely’ has all acoustic instruments–including acoustic bass–to capture more of the rockabilly vibe that we dig, that is in so much of the stuff we listen to.”
The themes and stories in the lyrics of the songs are all draw from the threesome’s collective experiences.
“They are just stories we wanted to tell,” Vos continues. “They can be simple or complex, depending on what the music is calling for. Music and melody usually precede the lyric for us.”
He notes, too, that each of The Record Company members play several instruments both live and on record.
“We work hard to incorporate them into the music as creatively as possible,” he says. “So besides the typical guitar, bass and drums, we also mix in harmonica, dobro slide, lap slide, pedal steel, piano, etc. It’s about making the right choices for the songs and keeping things as engaging as possible throughout the album–without compromising the integrity of the song.”
“Off the Ground” is the first single from Give It Back to You.
“It was one of the last songs we wrote for it,” continues Vos. “The opening riff is Alex playing slide on a bass with a little delay on it, then Marc comes in with the drums, and I come in with my old junky lap steel guitar that I love so much. I was trying to capture a Hound Dog Taylor-esque sound on the slide guitar. We wanted to give the bass a fresh approach so Alex started playing the riff with a slide and we loved the way it sounded.”
The song is already making noise, thanks to a music video and its usage in the Miller Lite commercial.
“It’s cool to have a song in a commercial for my dad’s favorite beer!” says Vos, who like Miller beer, hails from Wisconsin.
“I grew up on a working dairy farm in Wisconsin that my family still owns and runs. It is something I am very proud of: I grew up milking cows, driving tractors, and bailing hay. Then I moved out to L.A. in 2010 to chase the dream of writing and playing music full-time.”
Not knowing anyone in his new hometown, Vos started jamming around.
“I was jamming with some good people but I wanted a full-time thing, and ended up getting in touch with Alex. We hit it off as friends and he invited me to his pad to listen to some old vinyl records and hang out. It was there that I met Marc.”
They immediately recognized that they shared the same music tastes, and enjoyed jamming together. One night they listened to the classic John Lee Hooker-Canned Heat album Hooker N’ Heat, and were galvanized.
“Later that week I came back to Alex’s with an amp,” Vos recalls. “The three of us set up some microphones in the living room and recorded ourselves running through some songs. We were listening to the playback and decided right then and there that we had to be a band.”
After recording a few tunes, “we hunted down every email address we could and started mailing stuff out to everybody basically saying, ‘Hey! We just formed this band in our living room. Listen to this for five seconds.’ Out of those first recordings we got booked into the Montreal Jazz Festival and Harvest Festival in Canada, and got on our first tours.”
They settled on the band’s name after discovering that The Record Company was somehow available.
“We all agreed right away that it had to be the name,” says Vos. “Given the way we started, where we are from, and what we love to play, it makes perfect sense.”
But making records notwithstanding, it’s playing live that sets this Record Company apart.
“I always think of a performance as one less time on stage–not one more,” Vos concludes. “Nobody can say how many shows you get to play in your life. So we try to play our guts out, leave it all on the table, and have fun doing it.”