With a band, there is no greater ingredient to building your sound than time. That's something that Clayton Landau, lead vocalist of rising group Six Market Blvd, feels is on the side of his band, who have just released their second full-length album, "Shake It Down."
"The band has been together for five years this Fourth of July," Landau told Billboard. "We've got our second album underneath our belt, and everything just seems to be working. The feedback from the critics just makes you a little nervous because these are people that are going to give you their true opinion on whether they like it or if they don't, and we definitely feel like we've been lucky – we haven't had much negative feedback."
The time span between their debut CD – "Running On Seven" and their new disc included a lot of musical growth.
"Going from the last album to the current one, there was a lot of changes. We all knew what was going on, but recording the new album was a completely new experience. On the first album, we knew what we were going to do, we were going to rock and roll, and nothing was gonna hold us back, and it took us a while to get it done. We were so excited, but we were so fresh and green. We pushed that album for two years on the road. We've had time to tighten up since then, and we went in to record the new album, and we're a little more seasoned. We knew the ropes a little more. But, we didn't have all the songs, so we built the songs from the ground up. It was a learning experience, but it was fun too. We found a little bit more of professionalism going into the studio to do the new album."
"Shake It Down" is a mixture of styles, from the Seeger / Dylan vibe of "Stand," as well as the 70s sounds of "The Painter" and "Say It." Landau says being able to mix it up is something the band loves to do.
"Luckily, with how we play and our style, that's the way it panned out. We've got a great producer in Mark Rose, and he found the studio for both of the full-length albums. Every song on there is collectively different, which is something that we strive for. That is our goal. Every song needs to be completely different, from the harmonies to the instrumentation. During the time we were recording, we had been listening to a lot of the Beatles, and this album, it was 'Rumours' by Fleetwood Mac. We were able to take our time on the album, as well. We took our time to make sure each song was going to be the right fit."
The band has a full slate of dates on the schedule all the way through the summer, and Landau admits that's the best way to spread the word about their sound. "Staying on the road is one of our main goals. Getting our music out in front of the people and the fans is something that we have to do, and being on stage is the best way to do that."
- The 615