With the release of their new single “Safe Place” Real Work look forward to a different era of the band. What started as the writing duo of Kenny McWilliams and Chad Rochester, both former members of the much-loved Columbia band Baumer, turned into more of a full band effort as the recording process and live element of the band took hold. “Safe Place” is the last song from that first writing period, but was reworked with the band after the release of their debut EP in July.
“Having the other guys involved, especially with the musicality they bring, has added a depth of perspective and experience that is benefiting the recording process.” Writes Rochester via email. “We’re having fun together and already enjoying the creative process as we get started on the next EP.”
Most of their next release is already written, and now that they’ve had time to gel as a group, they feel that their new material is the best they’ve written. They’re hoping for a spring release for that new material.
In the meantime they’re focusing on a run of shows this weekend, along with playing a handful of regional markets and building a fan base outside of their midlands home. With their shows this weekend they focused on bills that brought together quality bands regardless of genre. If you’ve seen the band before you know that the live element of the band is one of their major strengths, and they’re excited to keep that fresh with more surprises, along with new lighting and stage production.
Catch them Friday night at Tin Roof in Charleston with Honeysmoke and Barnwell and Saturday in Columbia at New Brookland Tavern with the same lineup along with Cayla Fralick.