The World Record

The World Record

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandRockPop

The World Record is West Coast rock classicism personified: a roar of guitar-jangled and youthful exuberance that weds a sturdy, shimmering collection of hooks, heart, and crackerjack songwriting to a record collection in which wax by Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, and Alex Chilton spin in abundance until they form an aural magnetic north. They are bent on making you happy, and not repeating themselves.

Biography

The World Record is West Coast rock classicism personified: a roar of guitar-jangled and youthful exuberance that weds a sturdy, shimmering collection of hooks, heart, and crackerjack songwriting to a record collection in which wax by Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, and Alex Chilton spin in abundance until they form an aural magnetic north. They are bent on making you happy, and not repeating themselves.

The band formed in 2003 after songwriter Andy Creighton (Apex Manor, Papercuts, Foreign Born) began passing a solo album around to friends. Soon Creighton was playing out as The World Record with bassist Aaron Ballard and a transient lineup that included members of The Broken West, Wildcat Wildcat, Avid Dancer, The Parson Red Heads, and even Dashboard Confessional and Toad the Wet Sprocket.

In 2006 they released their debut full-length Guitars Forever on Tallboy Records. Though initially somewhat overlooked, by the end of 2007 the album was appearing on best-of lists and making a surprise CMJ chart entry at #107. Aquarium Drunkard wrote: "Sure, name checking a band as the West Coast heir apparent to Big Star is a bold statement, brave in fact, but that's exactly how I've been hailing The World Record of late." During this time the song "We're #1" made appearances in several TV shows including Gossip Girl and How I Met Your Mother (and more recently Ben & Kate, New Girl, and the feature film The First Time). But despite praise from L.A. Times, LAist, You Ain't No Picasso and others, The World Record remained one of L.A.'s best-kept secrets, rarely venturing outside of Southern California.

Now jump ahead to 2012. That's right, six years a virtual lifetime in band years. What happened during that time? Creighton toured the world with Let's Go Sailing, The Papercuts, Van Stone, Apex Manor, and The Henry Clay People. Ballard opened an independent framing business in Echo Park. Many World Record shows were performed, and many, many songs got written. The band's lineup solidified and its profile steadily grew.

In October of 2012, with a deal in place with Squid vs. Whale (Nada Surf, French Kicks, Radar Bros.), the double-LP Freeway Special was released at last. The band celebrated with a one-night mini-festival at the Echoplex during which a house with (stuffed animal) cats on its roof was lowered from the rafters. Upon witnessing the show, Rawkblog called them "Los Angeles best power-pop band maybe anywheres best power-pop band".

The band then immediately embarked on a 22-stop U.S. tour, following it up quickly in March of 2013 with the CD release of the Come On Summer EP, a collection of the vinyl-only tracks from side IV of Freeway Special.

Currently the band's 3-year-and-holding lineup of Andy Creighton (Guitars/Vox), Aaron Ballard (Bass/Vox), and Matthias Wagner (Drums/Vox) are in the studio demoing for their next long-playing heavy, and maybe a single or two. It won't be six years this time.

Discography

Everyone's All Right (2001 Andy Creighton solo)

V.I.P.E.P. (2004 self-released EP)
EP of outtakes from the full-length.
Sold out.

S.M.D.E.P. (2005 self-released EP)
EP put together for the 2005 tour.
Sold out.
Featured "See Saw Swell" as heard in "Chasing Classic Cars".

Guitars Forever (2006, Tallboy Records)
The first full-length, in all its glory. Features "We're #1",
which has appeared in "How I Met Your Mother", "Gossip
Girl", and most recently "New Girl" & "Ben & Kate".
Stream it at theworldrecord/bandcamp.com

Freeway Special (Oct 9, 2012, Squid vs. Whale)
The CD and double-LP! Features "She's Not a Liar", "I Met the Girl", and "Say Sayonara" (available for streaming here).

Come On Summer EP (Mar 5, 2013, Squid vs. Whale)
This collects the 5 songs from the Freeway Special double-LP previously unavailable on CD. Features "How Do You Like It", and the commissioned Eminem cover "Lose Yourself" (available for streaming here).

Set List

Generally we play about 45 minutes, but can go all night if needed. We've released a double-LP, so we have way too much material.