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Love the classics like Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and The Rolling Stones? Then without a shadow of a doubt you will love this next band. They embody the classic style that birthed bluesy rock n roll music in the late 50’s, yet give it their own fervent spin. Badass Band 64 is The Record Company.
For once I cannot remember where I first heard of The Record Company. However, from the minute I pressed play on their tune, ‘Goodbye Sad Eyes’ which showcases the sexy deep twag of the guitar, heavy drum beats and rich vocals with chant-like harmonies that I had come to love because some of my favorite classic acts, I knew their EP would be played continuously for a while to come. TRC’s EP, ‘Superdead’ is one of those albums that you love more with every track you hear. It features five tunes, ‘Don’t Let Me Get Lonely’, ‘Goodbye Sad Eyes’, ‘Born Unnamed’, ‘Medicine Man’ and ‘This Crooked City’. All I could think as I dug deeper into the EP was this is just perfect, raw, grimy fucking blues. With each tune bringing a little extra to the table, some harmonica, piano, lap/pedal steel, even some claps and chants. This is not music you can easily describe in words, its something that needs to be felt while listening to, the kind of music that penetrates straight to your core. Along with their original EP, TRC has an album of covers in which they put their touch on tunes by a wide variety of artists ranging form The Beastie Boys to Jimmy Reed. The covers are phenomenal.
The Record Company is made up of three guys that just love music and wanted to create something born out of their love of the greats. TRC is Chris Vos- vocals, guitars, lap steel, pedal steel, harmonica, Alex Stiff- bass, guitars, piano, vocals and Marc Cazorla- drums, piano, vocals. This is not a band you should miss out on, seriously. They currently have a show planned at The Satellite on February 16, 2013 with the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers. Do not miss these guys, they won’t be a band that will be on the down low for long.
Chris Vos was kind enough to answer some questions for BBB, so read on to find out what they’ve got planned for this year, how his love of music started with a whiffle ball bat, and why “you have to play music that reflects the music that you are the most passionate about.”
When and why did each of you start playing?
All of us felt a connection to music at a very young age. Personally, I know that my Dad bought me a little whiffle ball bat when I was around 2 years old, and he claims that all I ever did was pretend it was a microphone. I spent many an hour in front of my mom’s record collection or listening to music when I would drive around with my Dad. I guess the desire to play has just always been a part of my life.
What kind of music did you listen to growing up? How does that differ from what you listen to now?
My early years were Motown, Hendrix, The King, The Boss, oldies, then I grew to love Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, The Stooges, The Kinks, The Stones, The Beatles, The Ramones, etc. Every era of my life has been filled with different music, I will listen to anything, be it brand new or ancient, as long as it sounds like it is coming from the heart of the performer.
Which musicians do you admire? Why?
I admire so many musicians through all eras of music. That being said, I admire any hard working musician of today. I’ve noticed that most people playing music currently are not wrapped up in some idea of money or anything like that. They are just working to be heard, and I admire anybody who throws themselves into work like that. A lot of the time musicians have to be their own label, agent, manager, video director, PR person, engineer, producer, writer, tour manager, and usually for little cash if any at all. Even with all that to do, you still hear artists putting out great songs and playing great shows. I admire the tenacity I see in other musicians today.
Why the name The Record Company?
It just fit. It’s hard to find a name that fits and isn’t being used. Once “The Record Company” was suggested to be the name, it was unanimously agreed upon immediately that it was the name for us.
Describe your show visually & musically for those who have never been.
I suppose we just try to dig into the songs with as much passion as we can muster and get a party started, or keep the party going.
How does your creative process typically work?
We just spend time together talking about songs, listening to records, and being friends. It’s out of those moments that the idea for the next song happens.
What do you think you biggest break or greatest opportunity has been in your career so far?
The greatest opportunity has been, without a doubt, just us simply meeting each other and starting to play music together. We met in such a weird way, that if that hadn’t happened, none of the music would have either.
What has been the biggest challenge for you so far?
Seeking out new ways to write is always a welcome challenge, and it is something that we enjoy doing tremendously.
What are you working on now, and what can we expect from you the rest of this year?
We are constantly recording. We will put out a full length this year and work to support it on the road.
Why should people listen to your band?
Listening to new music can be fun.
What makes you unique?
We have a band dog named Seger.
If your band had a slogan, what would it be?
Seger’s house, Seger’s rules.
If you had the opportunity to change something about the music industry, what would it be?
I don’t worry about the industry as it will always be changing. I would just encourage people to always seek out new artists, and when you find one you love, let some people know about it.
You guys pretty much embody classic old school bluesy rock n roll, how important do you think it is to stick to your roots in an industry that seems geared toward auto tune and synths?
Honestly, whatever it takes to find the songs you have to write I am cool with. I think no matter what genre you are in, or what tools you choose to use, as long as they are a reflection of who you truly are, then that will come through. I think you have to play a music that reflects the music that you are the most passionate about.
One song you never get tired of.
I’m Nervous – Jimmy Reed
What is the best live show you have ever gone to?
Ray Charles with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Favorite things to do NOT musically related.
Hang out with my wife and go on adventures together.
If you could be a fictional character, who would you be?
What kind of jobs did you have before (or currently) you were in the music industry?
I’ve been a working musician my whole life. I’ve toured, taught lessons, did sessions whatever was needed to keep the lights on.
If you ran Badass Bands Blog, what is one band you would feature? (Exempting yourselves of course.)
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