Out of Los Angeles comes The Record Company, a three-piece rock and roll group that feels more like they crawled out of a sweaty, backwoods Mississippi juke joint.
Influenced by early electric blues, guitarist/harpist Chris Vos, bassist Alex Stiff, and drummer/pianist Marc Cazorla have been turning heads since forming in Stiff’s living room. With over 30 pop culture appearances between commercials, television spots, and trailer themes, The Record Company is doing pretty well without a formal record deal.
“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.”
Despite the band’s name, these guys would rather pour themselves into an endless slew of live shows than hole up in a studio. They released their debut album Give It Back To You in February of this year, and it has been garnering serious attention.
“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.”
They have two shows coming up in the Bay Area: at the end of this week. Friday September 23 they play The Atrium at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, and in November they headline Great American Music Hall.