Many aspiring musicians can only dream of doing some of the things that Treaty of Paris has accomplished in four short years, but the Chicago power pop/rock band is raising the bar with an even more powerful story to tell?and a new EP to boot. The new record, Currents, is just another high point in Treaty of Paris' journey. ?The songs on Currents reflect our sound as Treaty of Paris, but with more conviction and soul,? says drummer Chris Insidioso.
?The songs on Currents reflect our sound as Treaty of Paris, but with more conviction and soul,? says drummer Chris Insidioso. ?Currents, pertaining to ocean waves, are a great metaphor for pressing on and moving forward, and that's what we are accomplishing with this new music.?
Treaty of Paris is Mike Chorvat (vocals), Dan Wade (guitar/vocals), Phil Kosch (guitar), Chris Insidioso (drums), and Nick Fonzi (bass/vocals). The band dedicated the entire last year to writing and recording Currents, which is the follow-up EP to their debut full-length record, Sweet Dreams, Sucker.
For a band that has only been around since 2005, the accomplishments are notable: Treaty toured from the summer of 2007 through the winter of 2008 in promotion of Sweet Dreams, Sucker and partnered with Verizon Wireless and Q101 in Chicago on a national advertising campaign. Treaty has taken full control of their destiny and to date have sold over 10,000 records from live touring efforts alone.
The band has supported major tours across the United States and Canada with such acts as Jack's Mannequin, Spill Canvas, Yellowcard, Secondhand Serenade, Fun, Eric Hutchinson, Augustana, and Meg and Dia. They were part of Warped Tour in 2008 and played the last two years of Bamboozle, New Jersey's annual spring music festival. Treaty of Paris has also received accolades and features from music magazines Alternative Press and Guitar World.
In the same manner that the band handles most business, Treaty of Paris decided to forge ahead and write, produce and record Currents independently after their label, Airport Tapes & Records, dissolved in 2008. Treaty released Sweet Dreams, Sucker, on Andrew McMahon's (Something Corporate, Jack's Mannequin) independent startup label in Sept. 2007, only for the company to disband in late 2008.
?Being signed and then having our label fold after a year actually made us stronger,? says Chorvat, who explained the frustrations of having a taste of something, only for it to be taken away. ?But in the end, we became a better band from the experience. Currents is different because lyrically it goes to a deeper and more universal place than we've ever been before.?
As for the title track, ??Currents' is a song about feeling hopeless, but knowing that someday you will find your place in life,? says Chorvat, who wrote the entire song on piano. ?And after hearing all the songs together, a theme became apparent: pretty much every song is about moving on, and I think a lot of people will be able to relate as well.?
Currents is set for national digital release on January 12, 2010. The band will kick-off the EP release with a concert at Metro in Chicago on January 9th. One of the major things that sets Treaty of Paris apart from other acts is their energetic live performance. ?Because of technology, a lot of bands sound great on recording, but are disappointing live,? says Wade. ?We pride ourselves on our live show and we are constantly trying to improve it. A lot of people in the past have told us we're better live than on CD and I have always taken that as a compliment.?