Hailing from Ithaca, New York, the band known as X Ambassadors – originally named Ambassadors – is gearing up to release their debut, full-fledged, studio album.
Members Sam and Casey Harris (brothers), Noah Feldshuh and Adam Levin founded the band in 2009 and it didn’t take long for them to land a big record label and a dedicated following.
The band is currently signed with, KIDinaKORNER, a label under Interscope Records. They’ve toured with Jimmy Eat World and Imagine Dragons, to name a few. Their producer at KIDinaKORNER, Alexander Grant “Alex da Kid,” is also the producer of “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons and Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” featuring Rihanna.
Classified as alternative/electronic rock, they combine musical elements from their childhood.
“Casey and I grew up with movies in our blood; our dad has been working in the film business for the past 30 years, so some of the first music we were ever exposed to were film scores,” Sam Harris, in an interview with Cut of Steel blog said. “The soundtrack to Cinema Paradiso sticks out, as does the music from Dumbo. We’re also really big musical theater geeks in my family, so the first CD I ever fell in love with was the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack. All of this I’m sure comes out subconsciously in the music we make.”
The title of their album, projected to be released June 23, is “VHS” which I personally think harkens back to their childhood.
One of my favorite songs off their new album, that’s been released thus far, is “Renegades.” For those of you who don’t know, a renegade is a person who deserts and betrays an organization, country, or set of principles. It sounds like a song about, for lack of a better word, bad guys. But it’s not.
There’s one part of the song that I think explains the title better:
All hail the underdogs
All hail the new kids
All hail the outlaws
Spielbergs and Kubricks
The song is about people who defy the odds. The people that go against what they’re supposed to do in order to get what they want, and what they want in effect, is prove the people who put them down were wrong. These are the innovators, the people who become models for others to defy so that the world can continue getting better.
See the lyric video here.
Their sound is not only alternative/electric rock, but at some points it sounds like pop or even R&B with the deep sounds of the lead vocals. In a word, it’s absolutely beautiful.
Recently, their song “Jungle” off their debut album has appeared in several promotional commercials including Beats by Dr. Dre during the 2014 World Cup, and trailers for “Horrible Bosses 2” and “Pitch Perfect 2.”
Three songs from “VHS” are available on iTunes now. Hear some of their songs on SoundCloud and see some of their videos on YouTube!