REVIEW: The Record Company at Turner Hall Ballroom

The sounds of autumn are filling the air. The crisp wind howling between buildings, the crunch of leaves as you walk through the streets and the blues filled solos of The Record Company. The Record Company graced Milwaukee this Sunday evening with their presence at Turner Hall Ballroom. The Grammy nominated blues rock infused band turned out Turner Hall in uproarious fashion, with their deep roots rock vibes and excellent song writing. For being a Sunday night, you never know what kind of show you are going to get from any band, and The Record Company addressed this saying that they knew the crowd they had were there for them and decided to put on one hell of a show.

The Band

The Record Company is a Grammy-nominated American rock band from Los Angeles. The members are Chris Vos (guitar, lead vocals), Alex Stiff (bass, backing vocals), and Marc Cazorla (drums, backing vocals). Their music is influenced by blues musicians like John Lee Hooker, early punk bands like The Stooges, and rock bands like The Rolling Stones. Their sound incorporates slide guitar, distorted bass, a Ludwig drum kit and the vocals of Chris Vos.

The trio started in late 2011, hanging up old microphones and recording live in the bass player’s living room in Los Feliz, California. The Record Company have since played concert halls across North America, opening for acts as diverse as John Mayer, B.B. King, Social Distortion, Buddy Guy, Bob Seger, Grace Potter, and Trombone Shorty. The band toured Europe supporting Blackberry Smoke in late 2015.

One thing of note is that the lead singer Chris Vos has Wisconsin ties, having grown up just outside of Burlington, WI. The now famous rocker still had no problem claiming his routes as his parents were at the show and were shouted out multiple times.

The Experience

I’ve been dying to see The Record Company for a few years now, so when I saw they were coming I had to seize the moment. These guys are down-home good old fashion rock and roll and make sure to show us they know how to rock at every turn. From the songs that most people might know like, “Rita Mae Young” and “Life To Fix” to their newest album “Play Loud” there was something for any music fan to love and rock out to.

One stand out song in particular “Off The Ground” Chris Vos brought out a lap steel guitar which is how they create their iconic sound. As the show went on it almost felt that they were running out of songs to play, in a good way. It felt like they were having as much fun on stage as we were on the ground. But it did almost feel as if the show ended too quickly despite coming back out for an encore. I suppose that’s the making of a great band, always leave them wanting more. It was clear that everyone was vibing and there for the same great reason. To see these talented musicians play their heart out.

For a band with 4 studio albums, they did a great job of covering both some bigger name hits and some deeper tracks. I’m stoked to see what more this band does as I think that The Record Company is a great band that just really started hitting their stride.

The Verdict

If you are a fan of rock, especially some blues rock, this is the band to see. The energy conveyed mixed with their sound, liveliness on stage and everything in between it’s clear that these guys know what they are doing. As they continue to write new music I hope they keep that same energy they have at live shows and throw down that good ole rock and roll for years to come. Go check them out and if you haven’t heard them before, be sure to go listen to their music.

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