The Record Company review…April 24, 2016…

THE RECORD COMPANY

GIVE IT BACK TO YOU

CONCORD RECORDS  CRE 3844-02

OFF THE GROUND–DON’T LET ME GET LONELY–RITA MAE YOUNG–ON THE MOVE–HARD DAY COMING DOWN-FEELS SO GOOD–TURN ME LOOSE–GIVE IT BACK TO YOU–THIS CROOKED CITY–IN THE MOOD FOR YOU

The Los Angeles-based trio, The Record Company, (yep–that’s their name!), features Chris Vos on guitar, harp, and vocals, Alex Stiff on bass and vocals, and Mark Cazorla on drums, keys and vocals.  These guys play a bluesy amalgam of roots-rock that owes as much to the Stones and Stooges as to Muddy and Hooker.  Their debut is creating a huge buzz everywhere, and is ten originals entitled “Give It Back To You.”  They’ve had music featured in ads for Miller Lite, Subaru, and, even ABC-TV’s “Nashville,” to name just a few.

The set starts with the song in the Miller ad.  It’s a bottom-heavy groove entitled “Off The Ground,” featuring cool lap steel from Chris over his vocal, with a sweet “field-holler”-like backing chorus.  The acoustic, stop-time of “Don’t Let Me Get Lonely” has an early-Sun Records  rockabilly vibe,  while Chris’ harp and vocals tell the tale of a woman who can’t be satisfied–“my baby’s got me On The Move.”  “Feels So Good” throbs with the chooglin’ endless boogie of John Lee Hooker, and is a lustful tale of “doin’ what you want when you know that you shouldn’t,” while the twangy guitar adds a sweet touch to “Turn Me Loose,” as Chris begs a lover, “why don’t you do what’s right instead of doin’ what’s wrong?”

Want a stunning example of how these guys fuse the Delta with the Brityish Invasion guys?  Check out our favorite, which closed the set.  “In The Mood For You” kicks off with echo-effect vocals that conjure up an Excello vibe, before building to a shattering climax reminiscent of  “G-L-O-R-I-A”-era Van Morrison.

Given that the band was basically formed in Alex’s living room, The Record Company has come a long way.  They love playing live, and have already played Canada’s Harvest Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival.  “Give It Back To You”  is full of the band’s trademark no-frills, honest, butt-rockin’ blues that we know fans are gonna enjoy!   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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