The Record Company follows-up their Grammy-nominated 2016 debut Give It Back to You with the hotly anticipated All of This Life. One listen to the band's exhilarating new music and it's clear just how much the trio has grown as a result of their meteoric rise. The gritty slide guitar, fuzzed-out bass, and driving drums are still front and center, but the songs are bolder and more ambitious this time around, deeper and more reflective, brimming with adventurous vitality while remaining firmly tethered to the roots of American rock and roll that have always grounded and nourished the group.
While the band still worked up most songs at home and produced themselves once again, they headed to nearby Boulevard Recording in Hollywood on a quest to break new ground. The eclectic array of analog gear in the studio, which had hosted everyone from Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac to The War on Drugs, enabled the band to push the limits of their productions and arrangements while still capturing all the scintillating power and spontaneity of their live show. The resulting songs reflect our troubled times, but they focus inwards rather than outwards, musing on personal empowerment, self-improvement, and the supremacy of love.
Opener "Life To Fix" is a driving ode to forward motion and getting through hard times, while the utterly infectious "Make It Happen" finds Chris Vos proclaiming, "If you want something / You got to go out and get it." The band also pushes themselves beyond their traditional musical boundaries here as well. "Goodbye To The Hard Life" is a slow-burning 6/8 ballad that calls to mind the simmering potency of Zeppelin, while the acoustic twang of "I'm Changing" taps into the rural southern intensity of Cash, and the rollicking "I'm Getting Better" captures the essence of Dylan's rambunctious Highway 61 Revisited period as if played by some punk rocker stepping into the garage for the first time.