A new start for six friends who have written and performed together for years*, Quality Living is set to debut its first three songs this January. The release will be punctuated by a show at Montclair’s brand-new Old Mogul Theater on February 11th.
At a loss for the hype-speech that typifies band bios, the members of Quality Living have provided the following “elevator pitch” for your perusal:
We are not especially fond of describing ourselves. What we do love, unconditionally, is the idea of beloved musical icons engaged in blood sport. So, if we may: Davids Bowie and Byrne are clashing with the boys of Pavement in a gladiatorial death-duel. It’s a stalemate. Michael Jackson is the tiger. Britt Daniel is the emperor (thumbs down). Imperial Prince Ben Gibbard sulks in the stands with a wilted rose strewn on his lap. Rivers Cuomo, recently appointed as chancellor, doesn’t care what anyone thinks. Vampire Weekend have already been eaten, but they were around for a minute. Daft Punk and Phoenix are getting the band back together. Isaac Brock calls the plays on NBC.
QL will continue to record and release songs in batches throughout 2016, while steadily appearing live throughout New Jersey and New York City.
*Before regrouping as QL, you might have found indiemo quirksters morning… romping anywhere from the stage at Maxwell’s to the dust of a New Brunswick basement. They were active from 2007 to 2012, producing a full-length and four EPs’ worth of“intelligent, light-hearted, indie-pop with clever inclusion of jazz, math-rock and other Captain Beefhearty weirdness” (Dingus). They wore many hats, but in time, none of them seemed to fit.
Darrel - Vocals / Guitar
Albert - Guitar
Benny - Guitar / Percussion
Chris - Bass
George - Drums
Joe - Keys / Violin / Trumpet