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What makes bands not stop? As far as I am aware there aren’t hoards of people tapping away at the internet hoping against hope that there will be a new Quasi album this year and from the sounds of the initial disorientating organ, the group are not perhaps anticipating world domination. It appears, therefore, and this is a hard thing to grasp, that they are doing it because they like doing it.
For the uninitiated, they are an organ and drums duo featuring Elliott Smith pal Sam Coombes and Sleater Kinney drummer Janet Weiss. On ‘See You To Mars’ they sound almost exactly like Ben Folds Five and that's a sound not a lot of the young kids are going for so I suppose someone has to do it. ‘Blasted’ sounds like early dB’s all fuzzy bass, off the wall guitar solos and vocals that sound like Alex Chilton on a particularly frenzied day.
At their best they recall amazing '70s power/glam pop, ‘Nostalgia Kills’ hits somewhere between Sweet and Big Star, ‘The Goat’ sounds remarkably like The Raspberries singing a Syd Barrett song, all unusual tempos and vocals hitting in the most awkward place. It's quite brilliant but also features an incredibly bad guitar solo and uses the word ‘toilet’, never a good rock and roll word.
The album has 24 songs, some of which are organ interludes, many of which are terrible but every third or fourth song something great comes along that reminds you of why you fell in love with music in the first place. And thats why records like this are so vital, it’s just people doing what they do, for better or for worse and for the bits where they sound like Alex Chilton having a nervous breakdown that can only be a good thing.
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