The Record Company, Jamestown Revival

WTTS Presents

The Record Company

Jamestown Revival

Sat, February 25, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Bluebird - Featured Events

Bloomington, IN

$20.00

The Record Company
The Record Company
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 wellbehaved
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."
Jamestown Revival
Jamestown Revival
The story of Jamestown Revival feels suited for the dog-eared pages of a timeless American novel.
Chapter one opens with Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance meeting in Magnolia, TX at 15-years-old. Fast friends, the duo attended college together, started Jamestown Revival, and traded their home state for Los Angeles, CA in late 2011. By 2014 they released their debut album UTAH (which included the hit single 'California'), built a committed fan base with countless road shows, and received critical acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal. They were named iTunes "Best of 2014: Singer-Songwriter Album of the Year," graced the sound stages of Conan and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and performed at some of America's legendary music festivals including Coachella, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Bottlerock Festival, and Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic.
"UTAH opened a lot of doors for us and put us on the road for the first time," says Zach. "We learned how to play for a crowd and how to perform."
But when it came time to record a second album, the band found themselves in a different place.
"This album is like chapter two," agrees Jonathan. "The story begins at the point where we decided to head back to Texas. We wrote many of the songs when we were entering a different phase of our lives. We settled back into Austin, and my wife and I had our first child. That was a big shift. It was all about leaving behind our last bastion of adolescence, if you will."
This process resulted in The Education Of A Wandering Man [Republic Records], an album that looks back at the journey of the band's past. The record chronicles the lessons learned and the experiences that color the life-lived along the way.
"This album is a snapshot of our observations and learnings over the past four years. Our education has been gained not in a classroom, but in our experience," Zach and Jonathan write in a letter to fans announcing the album.
Musically, the record remains loyal to Jamestown Revival's indie rock/alt country aesthetic while also reaching into new creative territory.
"You can hear all of our influences on the new album. It feels like a late night drive after a show. There's some Motown, rock 'n' roll, and even a little country. We paid homage to a lot of the people we listened to while stuck in a car between gigs," says Zach.
Tapping into almost a lifetime of natural chemistry, the band started sharing musical ideas while sitting on Jonathan's porch before holing up in a Hill Country farmhouse a few hours from Austin for recording. Producing themselves alongside longtime collaborator Ryan Lipman, the sessions lasted only two weeks, and Jamestown Revival emerged with 12 new tracks.
"It was a bunch of good friends in a relaxed setting making a record," says Zach. "It never felt like a nine-to-five. We could have a smoke outside, play horse on the basketball hoop, and hang out and wait for the muse to find us."
Though the record came together quickly, nailing down the first song proved more difficult. After wrestling to overcoming the pressure, the band emerged with their first single "Love Is A Burden," kick-starting the creative process.
"We wrote that song about our last single 'California'," admits Jonathan. "When we started writing, all we did was compare every song we wrote to 'California.' We never thought anything lived up to it, and that started to squelch our creativity. This piece of music that did amazing things for us became like a lead weight. 'Love Is A Burden' is about the successes, the failures, the triumphs, and the fears of the past really starting to weigh you down and having a hard time moving on. It's a metaphor we related to a relationship you can't move past in the lyrics. As far as inspiration goes, the chorus just popped in my head, and we ran with it. After all of that overthinking, it was done in ten minutes."
Album opener "Company Man" captures the heartbreak of corporate greed. "My family's got some land where we birthed the idea of Jamestown Revival, and we've both been going there together since we were kids," says Jonathan. ""One day my family gets a call that there's an oil company who wants to put a pipeline right through the property.
They were doing it under the protection of 'public domain'. That piece of land is sacred to us, but ironically, nobody else cared about it until there was something to gain."
Company Man speaks to that feeling of helplessness and frustration.
"American Dream" comments on similar themes, while "Head On" explores the claustrophobia of the concrete jungle. Elsewhere, the acoustic-driven "Back To Austin" serves as an upbeat love letter to their hometown. Throughout, the record speaks to themes inherent to the meaning within its title The Education Of A Wandering Man.
"The Education Of A Wandering Man is actually an autobiography by classic western novelist Louis L'Amour," Zach says. "He traveled the world and lived a fascinating life. Jonathan and I read the book years ago and fell in love with it. It's like looking back on a life unplanned. That really resonated with us when we were making the album. The more you travel, the more perspective you get. Our travels have been an education."
For Jamestown Revival, the album is simply a continuation of their ongoing story. "We'll be writing and telling stories until we're six feet under," Jonathan leaves off. "This album is just the next step on the path."
Venue Information:
The Bluebird - Featured Events
216 N Walnut St
Bloomington, IN, 47404