After almost nine years as a band, one full-length LP, three EP's and touring around the world, it's insufficient to say that Los Angeles based quartet The Like have come into their own; listening to their new album, Release Me, it's clear that they've become the band they've always wanted to be. Finding an exquisite balance between the 60's girl group and British Invasion sounds they adore and a lyrical point of view that can only be described as impossibly modern, Release Me is the product of hard work, fortuitous new partnerships and great songs that reflect a long and winding period where the band has collectively been through itall and come out on the other side far stronger for the experience.
Comprised of founding members Z Berg on lead vocals, guitar and main songwriting duties and drummer Tennessee Thomas, and new members Laena
Geronimo on bass and Annie Monroe on organ, at the band's core is the partnership between Z and Tennessee, who have been playing together since
they formed the all-girl band at 15. "We never intended to be a girl band," says Tennessee. "But we became rather pleased about it eventually," she says with a laugh. Releasing three EP's, which they sold at shows and at their website, the band quickly formed a rabid fan base and garnered immediate media coverage, which got them a record deal at Geffen Records.
Following up their debut full-length is where is things got a bit mad. The band recorded a follow up in 2007, but it was clear that something wasn't working, and shelved it. It was in that space of uncertainty that the band found some much needed good fortune. Tennessee recalls, "When things were crazy with the band, I ran away to England for a week, and the first night I was there I ran into (producer) Mark Ronson. He said, "What's happening, I've always loved your band." We always thought he was out of our league, so we hadn't bothered getting in touch with him. When we met up and I played him what I had, he said, "The band is great, the songs are great, but it¹s all wrong." Then he offered, "I can do this." Recording with Ronson transformed the band. You can hear that confidence in seemingly every note of Release Me.
While Z and Tennessee are understandably thrilled with Release Me, they're also ecstatic about the two newest members of the band, bassist Laena Geronimoand organist Annie Monroe. Release Me heralds the arrival of a stronger, tighter, and more enthused band, one with a stronger and deeper sense of who they are, all of which comes out in their undeniable new music.