"...sand 'n' smoke vocals, poetic tales of yearning, and eclectic folk-rock..." - The Winnipeg Sun
The Lower Companions are an acrobatic rock band, alternating seamlessly between serene stillness and chaotic frenzy, often within the same song. With influences including Buddy Holly, Lou Reed, and Wilco, the band is always unpredictable and surprising. Since releasing their debut album in 2009, they have performed steadily throughout Winnipeg, sharpening their stage performance, and invigorating audiences along the way. The Lower Companions are Jason Maas (vocals), Tim Friesen (keyboards), Frank Rizzuto (guitar), Dave Singleton (bass), and Jesse Millar (drums.)
Lock & Step, the band's second album, is a high-energy collection, ranging in style from the ominous saunter of "Messenger" to the wild, anarchic joy of "Angular Mischief." Winnipeg songwriter Jason Maas has explored the rough and raucous history of his hometown, and filled the songs with characters and events from the city's past. The album was recorded and mixed at Private Ear Recording by three time Prairie Music Award nominee, Neil Cameron. It is set for release on November 24th, 2012.