Local rockers The Lower Companions have a new album.
At a CD release party on Nov. 24 at Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, the band released its second album, Lock & Step.
Front man Jason Maas, a Fort Rouge resident, said he’s excited about the band’s latest release, which follows its debut album Clean from 2009.
While Clean had a more of folk-roots sound, Maas said, the new album is more of a rocker, and is much different than the band’s initial release.
"We decided to notch it up… I’ve always been a rock ‘n’ roller," Maas said.
The band has been together since 2009, and got together only shortly before releasing Clean. It was originally something of a solo project for Maas, when the group was known as Jason Maas and the Lower Companions.
With the release of its second album, Maas said the band has really come together as a group.
"Over the last three years it’s become more of a complete band. Everyone gives their two cents for the songs, everybody contributes," he said.
Maas said while the album is new, some of the songs on Lock & Step are pieces he’s been working on for years.
"One of the songs, Bracket, I wrote when I was 17-years-old," he said.
The band starting recording its latest album in February at Private Ear Recording, and has anxiously awaiting its release ever since.
"We’re really pumped because it has been so long since we put our last album. We’re especially excited about (this album) because it’s a closer representation of the kind of music we’ve been making than our last album was," Maas said.
The album can be purchased on ITunes, and at the Folk Festival Music Store.
For more information on The Lower Companions visit lowercompanions.com.