The Record Company with Special Guest The Old Revival
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The Record Company is breaking old habits on Play Loud. The Los Angeles trio was ready for a change when it came time to make their third album, and they got it: Play Loud pushes the group into uncharted territory with a dozen new tracks that move beyond the homemade sound of The Record Company's first two albums. Band members Alex Stiff, Chris Vos, and Marc Cazorla brought in GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Sardy (Oasis, Wolfmother, Modest Mouse, LCD Soundsystem) to help broaden their sound.
"We came to the table for our third record with strong demos on songs that could have passed for our first two records, and asked, 'Can we beat it?'" says singer Chris Vos. "And for the first time, we allowed talented people to come into our small circle to push the music higher."
"In the past, we were really insular. Everything was just us," says Stiff, who also played guitar and keyboards and sang on the album. "We totally flipped the process on this record to allow for every idea and possibility, so it wasn't just the three of us, closed off in our bubble. It was like, 'Let's take some risks and see what we can really do.'"
As the title implies, Play Loud is a bigger sounding album, with songs packed full of taut grooves and stick-in-your-head hooks. It's upbeat, and you can hear why Chris Vos described a common theme in the process as simply: "Fun." Though there are echoes aplenty of The Record Company's origins — including recording all the basic tracks together live in the studio during a brief window in May 2020 — there's also a willingness to try out new sounds and styles. Lead single "How High" pairs bristling guitar with a sleek bassline and distorted vocals, while "Paradise" lays back in a deep pocket with a spare, locked-in rhythm from bass and drums, bright bursts of guitar and, on the chorus, swelling keyboards that give the song a sense of lift. There's dirty electric guitar and a '90s hip-hop influence on the pulsing track "Gotta Be Movin,'" and a punchy bassline, tight backing vocals and just the right amount of a pop sensibility on "Never Leave You."
"We definitely wanted to expand," says Cazorla, who played drums and keyboards on the new album. The Record Company got started in 2011 and were selling out small venues in Los Angeles before they released their first album, 2016's GRAMMY-nominated Give It Back to You. Stiff produced the debut which yielded three Top 10 hits at Triple-A radio, including "Off the Ground," which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs chart. Stiff also produced the trio's 2018 follow-up, All of This Life, which cracked the Billboard 200 albums chart and launched another Adult Alternative chart-topper with "Life to Fix." Yet when it came time to make their third record, the musicians knew they wanted to try something different.
Special Guest The Old Revival
They say good things take time, and that rings true for The Old Revival. What
originally started as a collection of solo songs written in a spare room by frontman
Brandon Prinzing, later became the bands first record. Hitting the road with an acoustic
guitar, Prinzing crossed paths with The Almost frontman and
Underoath drummer Aaron Gillespie. After becoming friends on the road and as the
tour came to an end, it was decided that Gillespie would produce Prinzing’s first record.
Recorded in Albuquerque, New Mexico at Rio Grande Studios, the band released their
first Record “Hear This” in October of 2018 under the name Brandon Prinzing and The
But as art often evolves, the band was stepping into a metamorphosis. Keeping the
original heart and soul of The Old Revival, Jesse Martinez remained on bass and Gus
Hulstein on drums. But with a new record and concept beginning to take shape, some
new members made their way into the picture. Ian Cook and Andrew Carew, both of
the roots-rock outfit Larry and his Flask, made their entrance to the band in 2019. Not
only did Cook step into lead guitar and Carew Piano, but as talented vocal performers
they brought the bright three part harmonies that became a staple of the record. With
Cook also stepping into the producers chair, the band begin laying down the tracks that
would become their second record, 9 Meals from Anarchy. Recorded in Bend, Oregon
at The Firing Room by Dayne Wood, the band had the time to put every ounce of life
they had into the music.
With a new direction, and a new passion injected by a larger than life rock opera
concept, it was clear this was no longer Brandon Prinzing and The Old Revival. This
was the sum of all their parts, The Old Revival.
With anthemic sounds, intricate guitar work, sing-a-long melodies and delicate piano, 9
Meals from Anarchy is a creation that takes you on a journey. One that asks you to
look internally about how far you can be pushed before you crack, and then screams
back at you that it doesn’t care what your answer is. When the world falls apart and
human nature takes over, how many meals from anarchy are you?