Between the years of 2000-2005, Chicago's OFFICE developed from a series of sculptures and painting exhibits, art instillation projects incorporating office materials, to film soundtracks and full-length pop albums. During these years, OFFICE began playing shows in the midwest and selling out concerts in New York City. On one of their excursions to The Big Apple, former-Smashing Pumpkin, James Iha, took notice of the project, and signed the group to Scratchie Records, an imprint of New Line Records.<BR> <BR> In 2007, the label released a compilation of OFFICE s best pop music entitled A Night At The Ritz, and the project toured all around the US and Canada with Earlimart. A viral video for the song Oh My achieved upwards of 100,000 hits on YouTube, and the ABC television network used a song to promote the show Pushing Daisies.<BR> <BR> Another tour followed in the later days of 2007, but this time OFFICE was headlining each night. New Line Records folded in early 2008, OFFICE performed in front of thousands at Lollapalooza, and the project dove into the studio to develop a newer, more organic sound. The end result was an album called Mecca.<BR> <BR> Scott Masson s most epic body of work to date, Mecca has been released on the internet for free as a gift to the audience, and as a reaction to today s current economic climate.<BR> <BR> I wanted to get away from the bubble gum and glossy hype that we were apart of on a major label, and produce something that had more body and depth to it. Musically, there are more surprises...twists and turns...but the focus is always on concise song-writing, even if it tends to be a bit subversive in the end.<BR> <BR> After getting violently mugged and robbed before a recording session in the fall of 2008, Masson had an epiphany, immediately packed up shop, and moved OFFICE back to Michigan to take a break from the pace of big city living.<BR> <BR> Upon arrival in Michigan, OFFICE signed to Quack Media, and the project is now a proud member of Michigan s musical landscape. Quack Media has released a limited-edition 12 inch vinyl LP version of Mecca while OFFICE dives into its new recording ventures and surroundings.
[Mecca] is lush and complex, one that remains immediately accessible even as it unfolds itself through repeated listening. --Tiny Mix Tapes
That new album, Mecca, continues Ritz's pop leaning while injecting a healthy dose of rock and/or roll and pairing them with deeply personal lyrics to create the band's most solid effort yet. --Chicagoist
'Sticky Dew' (which imagines The Knack by way of Led Zeppelin III), 'Nobody Knows You,' and 'Enter Me, Exit You' represents the pinnacle of OFFICE s fusion of Midwestern power-pop, early '80s new wave, and Beach Boys-influenced vocal harmonies. --The Onion - The Decider