THE COMPANY WE KEEP
… The Company We Keep is a coming-together of three doe eyed veterans — arranging a melodic framework to showcase the voice of newcomer: Amy Brennan. The project began on the road when Brian Southall [The Receiving End of Sirens / Motion City Soundtrack tour manager] presented Justin Pierre [Motion City Soundtrack] with a series of compositions for which he would eventually contribute lyrics and melodies. While in-between MCS tours, Brian was introduced to Amy at a mutual friend’s birthday party in Detroit. After learning that she was a singer, Brian found videos of Amy performing cover songs on-line. Her amazing voice and powerful presence inspired him to beg her to contribute to the project. She finally agreed, and, so, the search for a drummer began. The search lasted only as long as it took Brian to consult his first choice — old friend, and Misery Signals drummer: Branden Morgan. Brian, Amy, and Branden will tackle the majority of performance duties, with Justin filling a role akin to that of Brett Gurewitz’s in Bad Religion, as a principal writer and recurring live presence. He is very much, ’in the band,’ but doesn’t want his hectic schedule to serve as a hindrance to the momentum of this project.
LATE IN THE PLAYOFFS
Late in the Playoffs is a pop rock band based out of Chicago, IL. All in college, this group of four has been together since 2009 and already has played popular Chicago venues such as The Metro, Double Door, Reggie’s, Beat Kitchen, and Subterranean. The band is steadied by lead singer and rhythm guitarist Aaron Goldschmidt and after a number of lineup changes, the group was finally solidified with bassist Dan Schein, drummer Christian Ray, and original member Conor Page to fill lead guitar duties. After a lot of hard work and long hours, the group just completed work on their highly anticipated EP, “Everything I Know,” recorded with veteran engineers Mark Michalik (The Swellers, Fireworks) and Jamie Woolford (Let Go, Punchline, The Stereo). The album is a five-track journey about love, loss, and finding yourself paced by Goldschmidt’s relatable lyrics and loads of outstanding melodic moments from the rest of the band. Late in the Playoffs is garnering an abundance of praise for their latest work including, “Everything I Know is flawless and it’s a clear indication there is something special about Late In The Playoffs (Sean Reid – Under The Gun)” and “If smooth, stunningly catchy pop melodies were all anyone needed to succeed in the music industry, Late In the Playoffs would already be the biggest band in the scene (LateNightSing-Alongs.com).”
Staring in early 2010, Adora takes foot in the underground Chicago music scene consisting of drummer Chris Eckstrum, vocalist Stormie Radtke, guitarist Michael Drew, and Keith Pink on piano. The band has been writing and growing as a four-piece, putting out classy grooves with catchy dark hooks. Casey Bates, Ed Littman, Matt Dalton, and D.R.U.G.S. vocalist, Craig Owens, are renown engineers that took producing roles of the band’s first EP titled “Save Yourself.” The band hit hard on the stage later that year at a sold out House Of Blues performance. Following the hype they continue to their energy to places such as the Chicago Metro, Double Door, and Cornerstone Festival just to name a few.
“Although the members of Stay Golden hail from Texas, Indiana and Illinois, the band have become a force on Chicago’s pop-punk scene, thanks to local shows and gigs with groups such as Fireworks, The Graduate and You, Me, And Everyone We Know. Buoyed by the success of their self-released album, Three Day Weekend – which received plenty of positive feedback after hitting iTunes earlier this year – Stay Golden are already hoping to release a new record in early 2012.” – Alternative Press