Live From Daryl’s House begins the new year much as it ended the old one, with Daryl Hall playing live alongside some of the industry’s top up-and-coming bands. For the groundbreaking web destination’s 15th edition, Hall joins Wind-up Records recording artists Company of Thieves, a highly touted Chicago-based band whose label debut, Ordinary Riches, was released digitally Jan. 6 and will be in-stores Feb. 24. After two days on-sale digitally, the debut is #19 on the iTunes Top Albums chart, and #7 at Alternative.
The band’s lead vocalist Genevieve Schatz and guitarist Marc Walloch will perform a seven-song set with Daryl, which can be seen exclusively on www.livefromdarylshouse.com, including four tracks from the band’s Ordinary Riches album (“Pressure,” “Around the Block,” “Past the Sleep” and “Even in the Dark”), the Hall and Oates song, “Starting All Over” (from the duo’s 1990 album Change of Seasons) as well as the Daryl-penned smash, “Everytime You Go Away,” a hit single for Paul Young. Hall, Schatz and Walloch also tackle a pair of classic rock covers in the Zombies’ “Time of the Season” and “Piece of my Heart,” made famous by Janis Joplin.
Company of Thieves has been called “one of the city’s most Buzzworthy bands” by the Chicago Tribune, while Billboard dubbed them “one of the best unsigned acts out there” before they were inked to a record deal by Wind-up. Consisting of sultry vocalist Schatz and guitarist Walloch, along with drummer Mike Ortiz, the group earned First Place in the New York Songwriters’ Circle Contest for “Oscar Wilde,” a tune named after the famed Anglo-Irish writer whom the band cites as an important artistic inspiration.
“I am really impressed with what I’ve heard from Company of Thieves,” says Daryl. “They are truly one of the best new, young groups out there. I was really excited to play with them. The sky’s the limit in terms of their future.”
“Daryl and his team of thoroughly experienced and talented musicians provided a welcoming environment for us to work in. The whole day was a huge learning experience for us,” said Genevieve.
“It was so liberating to be able to play freely with no worries because of the caliber of musicians we were around. We loved collaborating with Daryl, T-Bone and everyone who is a part of this special program, and are honored to have been asked to appear,” added Marc.
Past episodes of Live from Daryl’s House have featured a mix of well-known performers like Nick Lowe, K.T. Tunstall, Gym Class Heroes’ Travis McCoy and Finger Eleven’s James Black and Rick Jackett, along with newcomers such as Austin, TX-based acoustic guitarist/songwriter Monte Montgomery, Philly soul singer Mutlu, Canadian techno-rockers Chromeo, MySpace pop-rock phenom Eric Hutchinson and Cash Money Records rocker Kevin Rudolf.
Live from Daryl’s House started with Daryl’s “light-bulb moment” idea of “playing music with my friends and putting it up on the Internet,” and the show has subsequently been praised by such varied publications as Rolling Stone, Daily Variety, Yahoo and the influential Lefsetz Letter.