Following on from their hugely successful release SONGS FROM THE BRICKHOUSE, Society are back in 2011 with A CROOKED MILE. This stunning new release is guaranteed to bring the trio even more praise from media and audiences alike. For those that don't know Society are a three piece country rock band from West Sussex who specialise in gorgeous three part harmonies that set them apart from the current crop of Americana or country rock wanabees in the UK. The band comprise guitarist Matt Wise, bassist Ben Lancaster and holding down the beat, F.Scott Kenny on drums. Their recorded and live sound has echoes of C.S.N.Y, The Band, The Heartbreakers, The Jayhawks and the late great Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance. Matt Wise composes most if not all of their material and when all three sing in harmony the result is simply stunning, this shown perfectly at the 2011 Maverick Festival where they had the audience spellbound listening to their live performance. Since forming in 2004 Society have supported many great artistes including Eve Selis, Deadstring Brothers, Corb Lund, Luke Doucet and The Wailin' Jennys. Apart from their own UK headline shows, Society have completed two tours of Canada along with a string of dates in the American mid-west gaining a whole new legion of fans in the USA. This constant touring has honed both their musical and vocal chops and in the summer of 2011 Society returned to the studio to produce A CROOKED MILE, recorded both at the Brickhouse Studios near Brighton and the bands own Downland Studios located near Gatwick. Matt Wise was in the producers' chair, ably assisted by engineer James Gasson. The album is once again a collection of eleven original songs from the pen of Matt Wise and arranged by all three band members. Guest musicians featured on the album include Spencer Cullum who is one of the foremost young pedal steel players around today, Ben Davies and James Batchelar on keyboards, Pat Kenneally on melodica/piano and added pedal steel is supplied by Chris Pritchard. The songs on A CROOKED MILE once again echo their love and passion for all things West Coast USA, Laurel Canyon and the great country rock music produced in the late 1960s/early 70s, yet their sound is brought into the 21st century with a distinctly indie feel. Stand out tracks include 40 Days, a stunning and anthemic crowd pleaser, Blues Flag, reminiscent of The Band at their finest, the bluegrass influenced Davey and the perfect opening track Wheels A' Turning, country rock at it's very best. 2011/2012 will see Society touring the UK to support the release of A CROOKED MILE and already the band are confirmed for several festival appearances in 2012. It's the originality and freshness of the songwriting which makes the album more than just a relaxing evocation of times and sounds gone by" - David Allan - Country Music People "In my opinion this is the best Americana album to come out this year" - Folking.com '3 piece Americana from sunny Brighton, but one of the very finest things in that line from this country in some considerable time: 3-part harmonies and great writing that recalls the classics of 60's into 70's country rock without letting the energies drop, in fact at time it sounds like nothing so much as country Stones (that'll be the Gram Parsons then) but with waaay better singing' - Bath Fringe "With quality at each stop on the line - song writing, playing, production and packaging, well worth exploring by fans of the rock crossover Americana genre" - Get Ready To Rock "This is one Society that really shouldn't be a secret" - Net Rhythms 'An album brimming with soul' - Electric Ghost 'An intriguing mix of south and west coast soaring sound' - Maverick Magazine 'Lovely country-rock melodies, wonderful three-part harmonies' - Acoustic Magazine 'Their other strong point is in the consistently good sense of melody; most of the songs here are instantly memorable in their melodic construction bringing with it a lightness of touch that leaves you either wanting more, or the immediate desire to flip the needle right back to the start.' - Allan Wilkinson - Northern Sky.