Rock and roll was alive and kicking Wednesday night at Irving Plaza. The double bill of Smooth Hound Smith and The Record Company had the thousand or so in attendance, feeling its heart beating.
Starting off the evening was a duo from Nashville by the name of Smooth Hound Smith. Zach Smith holds it down; playing guitar, harmonica, foot drum and vocals while Caitlin Doyle adds her smooth vocals and tambourine. At one point in the set they had the New York crowd raise their drinks for a Nashville ‘Holler & Swoller’.
Los Angeles blues/rock trio The Record Company kicked it into high gear with their fuzzy guitars and vocals. Formed in 2011 by Wisconsin dairy farmer Chris Vos (guitar, vocals), Alex Stiff (bass, vocals) and Mark Cazorola (drums, vocals), they recorded their first album Give It Back to You in Stiff’s living room.
Their fifteen-song set included hits “Off the Ground,” “Rita Mae Young,” “On the Move” as well as their new single “Baby I’m Broken.” The set also included covers of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and The Beastie Boys’ “So What Cha Want,” which they put their own unique style into. Most people didn’t recognize the song until they hit that unmistakable guitar riff.
They have a new album coming out soon, but don’t wait until then. You can catch this same lineup at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 15th and witness for yourself, that rock is not dead!
Article: Michael DiGiovanni