"Old Baby" is the latest record from Company, a songwriting collective and rock band rooted in folk, punk, country, and psychedelic traditions. Evocative guitars, dynamic rhythms, uplifting harmonies, and lyrics by turns incisive and insightful interweave to create a homespun sound that is as striking as it is familiar. In these songs, simplicity shimmers, dreams pack the punch of hard facts, and the human heart is laid bare, weird, defiant, and lovely.
The Brooklyn-based band Company evolved out of a miasma of folk, punk, and psychedelic elements in 2001, when its denizens hauntedthe legendary East Village bar Nine-C in an ongoing residency. Here Company made sounds removed from the contemporary musicalmain street that defied past categorization. “Folk rock is the label closest to Company's sound, but their rock references are more Clash,Joy Division, and Meat Puppets than ‘60s California,” Pat Sullivan wrote in Index magazine, attempting to sum it up. He added,“Company derive their musical muscle from the folk side of the formula. The best folk singers have the power to rivet a room’s attentionon the cadences of a vocal inflection or the change of a single chord, and each member of Company has this power in spades.”With aseemingly conventional four-piece guitar rock lineup, Company can be found wandering and improvising through traditional and innovativemusical styles, but they are always grounded and unified by the songwriter’s original vision. Company’s members—Adam Davison,David Janik, Christopher Teret and Stephanie Rabins—used these open-ended Nine-C shows like a workshop to develop rough sketchesinto masterful songs, playing to the audience’s mood as well as to their requests. Following the tragic closing of Nine-C in 2003, Companyfound another small stage to take on a weekly basis at Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg. These pint-sized settings inform their sound,which is as intimate and homey as it is profound and even ominous at times. The results are songs that fill the room like intoxicated partyconversation—loud and soft, wildly silly then suddenly private and sincere. In Time Out New York, Sara Marcus lauded, “the band’s phenomenalweekly concerts in that cozy back room showed a group of musicians who are deeply at ease with their soundâ€¦impressive performancesfrom a generous, chilled-out band.” Staying true to the spirit of the band’s name, Company’s live shows are all about a communityof friends and fans having a good old time together.