Critical Acclaim

Critical Acclaim

“Gritty, back-alley blues-rockers the Record Company made their debut on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Thursday night, showing off a down-and-dirty sound and megawatts of onstage intensity. Made up of vocalist Chris Vos, bassist Alex Stiff and drummer Marc Cazorla, the L.A.-based power trio didn't need much to deliver their roundhouse kick of rock. They fired up the Colbert crowd with pounding drums and trashy cymbals, a fat bass line and a wild, distorted harmonica, with Vos scream-singing through that same harmonica mic as he stalked the stage.”
Rolling Stone

 

“The scuzzy, 10-track set meshes the group’s biggest influences — the early electric blues rock n’ roll of John Lee Hooker, staccato lyrical delivery akin to The Stooges frontman Iggy Pop, and Rolling Stones-style grooves.”
Entertainment Weekly

 

“…it'd be unfair to label the lean, deliberate three-piece as a simple blues-rock band. The songs on their stomping debut album Give It Back to You (recorded and mixed in Stiff's Los Feliz living room) would be right at home on alt-rock and Americana radio.”
Rolling Stone ‘10 New Artists You Need to Know’

 

“The band's debut, Give It Back to You, shines a light on a group whose sound owes less to the West Coast city in which it was created and more to the backwoods juke joints that songs like ‘Hard Day Coming Down’ evoke. Vos plays an overdriven acoustic guitar rather than an electric instrument, and bandmates Alex Stiff and Marc Cazorla back him up with hand-clapped percussion, a grunting ‘uh huh, uh huh’ refrain and the steady pulse of a kick-drummed beat. The blues may be nothing new, but The Record Company wring new life out of old traditions.”
Rolling Stone Country

 

“Raw emotion, dedication, honesty and hard work. These are just some of the words that best describe Los Angeles rock trio The Record Company, who hasn’t wasted much time since forming in late 2011. Even before releasing its debut album Give It Back to You last month on Concord Records, the band had already racked up quite the resume thanks largely to these qualities.”
Paste

 

“The debut album by L.A. blues trio the Record Company delivers a third-rail shock, zapping new life into a genre that often lumbers along on the same shopworn chord progressions. Not so on Give It Back to You, where the Record Company channel the distorted feedback of the White Stripes and Led Zeppelin at their most thumping.”
#30, Rolling Stone’s 40 Best Country Albums of 2016

 

“Led by Chris Vos, Americana blues trio the Record Company waylaid a capacity crowd at a small stage built more for shade than hard-rocking. When the sounds coming from the nearby Which Stage threatened to creep in, Vos turned up the volume, resulting in a wildly energetic show and one of the most communal experiences of the festival. By the time the Record Company kicked off their chugging single ‘Off the Ground,’ fans who had been lounging under the tent were up and grooving to its propulsive beat, answering Vos's call to dance.”
Rolling Stone Country

 

“The Record Company are one of those great local bands that have been bubbling just under the radar for a few years, self-releasing a series of singles & EP, as well as performing countless live shows both in local clubs and touring the world as an opening act for the likes of Trombone Shorty, Social Distortion & BB King, but ultimately taking their time to find the right moment to release their debut album.  That time has come…”
KCRW

 

“They left everything they had in a swirl of lap steel, harmonica, the sickest slide bass riff maybe ever played and enough sweat to fill a five gallon Home Depot bucket. These guys are not to be missed.”
Glide Magazine

 

“The L.A.-based band are a three piece in the power trio style of Mountain, ZZ Top, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. The blues has been receiving attention in releases honoring the roots of the genre. The Record Company go a different route by bringing the blues back into rock’n’roll. Having only three members does not limit the band as TRC double dip on the talent of its rhythm section. Drummer Marc Carzorla adds piano to his resume as well as taking on the bass when the band’s bass man Alex Stiff sits behind the drum kit, adding beats to his guitar and piano work. Both members back with vocals, as the guitar guy in The Record Company, Chris Vos, spits, snarls, and snaps out the stories on Give It Back to You.”
The Alternate Root

 

“The Record Company was a revelation. Hailing from L.A., the young blues rock trio first came to my attention last year while listening to Sirius XM’s The Spectrum. Tearing it up midday on the Back Porch Stage, they didn’t disappoint with songs from the riveting new album Give it Back to You.”
Orange County Register

 

Give It Back to You boasts a casual but muscular tone that's part Southern groove (think Jimmy Reed and Slim Harpo) and part Chess Records bite (Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Bo Diddley), with a dash of the Black Keys' rootsy modernism thrown in for good measure. The Record Company know good music from bad, and they have chops to go along with their taste – Chris Vos' guitar work is strong and well focused, while his voice is well suited to the material, and bassist Alex Stiff and drummer Marc Cazorla are an admirably tight and hard-grooving rhythm section who know how to make this kind of music move.”
All Music

 

“The Record Company takes its cue from the kind of blues I used to listen to non-stop. There was even a period where I sold off all of my rock records and listened to nothing but the blues for almost two years. Blues and rock go together like pot and music. It’s a natural fit. Give It Back To You is The Record Company’s Concord Records debut. It rocks like a bitch in heat.”
Aquarian Weekly

 

“The Record Company’s three members—intrepid bassist Alex Stiff, man-about-skins Marc Cazorla and the multi-talented cyclone that is Chris Vos—put out energy and sound that many a sextet can only dream of. Ladies and gentlemen, this is rock ‘n’ roll as it should be.”
Elmore