While downsizing has become a ‘thing’, Los Angeles-based Modern Blues trio, The Record Company, are building up, soundtracking upsizing with the pumped-up sonics of their recent release, All of This Life. The band clearly sees that objects looking back from the mirror are exactly as large as they appear, The Record Company vocalist/guitar man Chris Vos stating that ‘after that first album, everything just got amplified. Our lives got crazier and bigger and more complicated in the best possible ways, and our sound and our songwriting just naturally grew alongside that. We’re the same people we always were, but The Record Company isn’t just three guys in a living room anymore’. Guitar notes snakdedance on steroids in album opener “Life to Fix” as The Record Company bid farewell on a slow turning groove with “Goodbye to the Hard Life”, slide and stomp into “Make It Happen”, and strip to barebone acoustics for “I’m Changing”.
Gritty guitar notes weave through All of This Life, laying over skittery rhythms for “Night Games”, slashing chords to cut across the pummeling beat of “I’m Getting Better (And I’m Feeling It Right Now)”, taking on a tender twang for the love letter in “You and Me Now”, and rattling down a Country road for “The Movie Song”. Much like their early days, The Record Company worked on the songs at home, producing themselves and entering Hollywood’s Boulevard studios (Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, The War on Drugs) to push their sonic limits. True to their words, The Record Company own up on “Rollin’ Bone”, stating ‘I was born to kick up dust’, offering a show and tell of the claim with All of This Life.
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