The Compromise combines four extraordinary talents; Brandon Bell (vocals/guitar) provides distinct and emotional melodies, J.D. Short (guitar) adds a cunning ability to create catchy hooks, Adam Inman (bass) puts together solid low end with an energetic stage presence, and Matthew Stark (drums) delivers a strong rhythmic bed for the pop-rock outfit.
The release of their latest EP, Between Love & Hate, marks the second album in their growing discography. Produced by Anthony Falcone and the band, BL&H was the first true step The Compromise took down their present path. Beginning with "Have Mercy", the powerful guitar-heavy refrain and searing pop synthesizer introduce the record in an explosive way. The second track, titled "Thou Shalt Not Worship False Billy Idols", is a synth-laced dance rock anthem comparable to The Killers or Anberlin, the lyrics of which tell stories of betrayal, lust, and redemption. "Just Don't Take This Too Seriously" is a tongue-in-cheek social commentary originally from their first full-length album Teen Movie Soundtrack. The third track provides a nice transition into the crowd favorite, “Girl On The Moon". Possibly the EP's magnum opus, the track calls up memories of Journey, Phil Collins, and Peter Gabriel, using emotional lyrics, beautiful piano melodies, and soaring vocal lines to round out its waltz. The record is completed by two tracks, "('Til Then...) Patience", a song about the most grating of virtues, and "Heels Over Head", a sizzling tale of all-consuming love.
The Compromise has played with numerous chart-topping artists at venues and festivals across the country. The band recently made their radio debut on Nashville’s 102.9 The Buzz and was crowned “January 2009 Buzz Band Battle Champions”. Deejay Aljon Go has also invited The Compromise to play at the annual “Buzzies Awards”, a showcase of the top local rock bands in the Middle Tennessee Area. In addition to playing The Buzz Awards show in April, The Compromise looks forward to sharing the stage with acts such as Framing Hanley, Paper Route, and Seven Mary Three in the near future.
The Compromise has begun production on their third record, a full length album that will include fan favorites such as "Like The Stars" and "Like an Old Habit", as well as brand new tunes, "When Duty Calls", "First Second Great Romance", and "Only The Young Die Good". The album is expected to be released in 2010 and will be titled Revive The High-Five. In addition to finishing the new album, the band will be hitting the road hard this summer touring the Midwestern and Southeastern United States.