Biography

The RecordWith their fourth release in four years, the Raleigh-based rockers of The Record once again deliver a diverse collection of songs. A Verdict Wouldn’t Matter invites listeners to crank up the volume and simply enjoy the music.

Displaying the band’s variety of musical influences, the five-song EP grabs the audience with the opening guitar riff of “Keep Your Head Up” and holds on tight until the last chord rings out in the closing track, “Come Back To Earth.” In between, the band explores a variety of emotions and themes ranging from the melancholy of unrequited love and excitement of juvenile romance to the irrepressible optimism of youth. All told, A Verdict Wouldn’t Matter expresses the central conclusion that life is best lived free of the weight and worry of consequences.

Adding to the album’s eclectic nature, A Verdict Wouldn’t Matter features keyboard player Will Hendrick and guitarist Sean Spollen trading off lead vocals on every other track. But throughout the five songs, the underlying sound that the Record has developed comes across as more planned and complete than fragmented. A Verdict Wouldn’t Matter rests firmly on drummer Robbie Duncan’s driving beats and rolling fills, which give a nod to classic rock. Tyler Drake, who played guitar on The Record’s previous releases, rounds out the rhythm section on bass, while also supporting the band’s signature three-part vocal harmonies. Hendrick’s soulful organ and playful piano add complexity to each track, while Spollen finishes it off with a combination of soaring guitar solos and gritty licks.

Together, the members of The Record have honed a unique ability to play songs that are simultaneously simple and layered, to sing lyrics that are both veiled and honest, and to make music that is equally joyous and tragic. As such, A Verdict Wouldn’t Matter is an album for any listener who craves songs that tell the truth: The complexity and diversity of life should be embraced without hesitation or regret.

To listen to The Record, view tour dates, or get more information, visit www.thisistherecord.com.


Discography

A Verdict Wouldn't Matter (January 28, 2014)
With their fourth release in four years, the Raleigh-based rockers of The Record once again deliver a diverse collection of songs. A Verdict Wouldn’t Matter invites listeners to crank up the volume and simply enjoy the music.

Seirenes (January 22, 2013)
This two-song EP from The Record flirts with both embracing youthful audacity like in the most summery classic rock anthems, while dipping into darker moods that reflect a love of the gritty ambiance oozing from old Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins albums.

Party Monster (June 12, 2012)
The sophomore effort from The Record swings from grungy guitar leads to spacey three-part harmonies, blending the now five-piece band’s range of influences into four big pop rock songs.

The Things You Can't Forget (May 10, 2011)
The Record’s self-recorded and self-released debut album mixes acoustic pop and rock with a few moments of twang.

Band Members

  • Sean Spollen – Vocals, Guitar
  • Will Hendrick – Vocals, Keys
  • Tyler Drake – Bass, Vocals
  • Robbie Duncan – Drums