If there’s a harder-working band out there than indie rock outfit Combat Corduroy in the Kalamazoo area, you’d be hard pressed to find it. Now in the process of recording their third studio album, this foursome still maintains a consistent show schedule, which in and of itself keeps the guys pretty busy. Earlier last month they performed at Old Dog Tavern on a Friday, drove down to play at Goose Island in Chicago for Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, then traveled through the night to put on a 9:00AM performance back in Kalamazoo on Sunday morning.
And after beating out over 80 other groups in last year’s Blood, Sweat & Tears battle of the bands, Kalamazoo isn’t the only place watching these guys.
Three months ago a representative from Capitol Records approached the band about possibly representing them. In fact, on May 23rd they traveled down to Columbus, Ohio to record a single with a publisher from Universal Recording Company, marking the first time the band had worked with an outside producer. The single will be used by Capitol for promotional purposes.
“Most recently, and possibly most exciting is the invitation [we] received three days ago to attend a Label Showcase for major record label A&R rep, Kim Stephens,” Jon Petro, drummer for Combat Corduroy, informed me. Stephens works with some of the major record labels including Capitol, Atlantic and Universal, and is responsible for groups like Matchbox 20 and Collective Soul being signed.
If a steady show schedule and talks with record label reps aren’t enough, the guys are also in the process cranking out two music videos. “[We are] currently filming a music video for the song