Detroit, MI - October 16, 2013- The Company We Keep, who recently announced the release of their new album, Sound / No Sound, has just premiered a brand new song, "Held Together" on Buzznet. When asked about the story behind track, The Company We Keep's Brian Southall explains, "Held Together was a song I originally wrote in 2009, then adapted in 2010-2011 with Justin. This song probably went through the most drastic changes of any song on the record, from its original inception, and I couldnt be happier with the end result once we arranged and modified it as a band." Check out "Held Together" on Buzznet, here: http://bzzn.net/16Nk8tR.
"Held Together" is the third single off the upcoming album, which will be released via Easy Killer Records on October 29th, 2013. Recorded By Ed Ackerson (The Replacements, Metro Station) at his own Flowers Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sound/No Sound sees the band fusing their electronic elements with blazing guitars and soaring vocals to create a unique brand of music that will please fans of everyone from Paramore to The Postal Service. The first track off the album, "Control," was released on Absolute Punk just after a mysterious campaign where over 20 musicians including Riley Breckenridge, Soupy Campbell, Justin Pierre, Shane Henderson, Vic Fuentes (and many more) posted about the song on their own social platforms. Property Of Zack called it "The Latest Viral Mystery: Sound / No Sound". You can check out the end result on Absolute Punk, here: http://bit.ly/1bmZXpA.
The Company We Keep is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Brian Southall (Boys Night Out, The Receiving End Of Sirens, Isles & Glaciers) who enlisted Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre to pen the lyrics and vocal melodies for this project while Southall was working as MCS' tour manager. "The Company We Keep Started right before TREOS broke up and at the time I had released a few tracks on my own with various singers, assuming it would never be anything more than a creative outlet for myself as a side-project" Southall explains. "Later I was on the road with Justin and he would hear me working on songs from time to time. We started collaborating together and decided to work on an electronic project. It eventually evolved into something more rock-oriented, mostly due to the fact that I never thought I would truly be comfortable just performing on stage with only a laptop and no actual band."
Once that was decided Southall enlisted Misery Signals' drummer Branden Morgan to release their debut EP on Motion City Soundtrack's label The Boombox Generation last year, however The Company We Keep in its current form wasn't complete until they enlisted powerhouse vocalist Haden Brightwell. "We found Haden via a submission to AbsolutePunk when we were auditioning singers, and her demo was absolutely amazing," Southall recalls sounding as if he still can't believe his luck."We flew her out to Michigan immediately and she was the only person we auditioned before asking her to join the band."
With their current line-up and fresh new talent in place, the band were ready to begin work on Sound/No Sound, which included new material as well as ideas Southall had been working on for years. "I knew Brian wanted a female singer, so at first I tried my best to write from that point of view," Pierre-who doesn't perform with the band live due to his other duties-explains. "I quickly abandoned that idea given my limited knowledge of the female race and went more for a Tom Waits-type thing, each song or grouping of songs being a different character with a different voice," he continues. "Once Haden entered the mix, she was able to make the songs more cohesive and adjust things accordingly."
In an increasingly formulaic music world, The Company We Keep is a breath of fresh air. Listening to their debut full-length Sound/No Sound, it's clear that the band have crafted these eleven rock anthems because they love music, not to try to capitalize on the latest trend-and that's probably the same reason why this collection of seasoned musical veterans are ready to skip straight to stardom with this varied collection of pop gems. For more information, please visit: www.wearethecompanywekeep.com.
The Company We Keep will release Sound / No Sound via Easy Killer Records on October 29th.
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