curious quail

It’s not often that I get this excited about a release (okay, that’s not true, but I am more excited about this than most things I hype.)

San Francisco’s CURIOUS QUAIL are heading back into our lives at the end of the month with their second album “After the Lights Failed” at the end of the month. This is significant since they were the architects of one of my favorite albums of 2012, their debut “Instant Gratification.” So to complicate things they have released their newest single entitled “Instant Gratification”, which is not on the first album but is on the new one. (Got it? Don’t worry it all makes sense)

One of the reasons I am so looking forward to this album is because I feel I have watched the entire birthing process. The cool thing about twitter and instagram is that bands will often give you insight into how the record is taking shape and where they are in the recording sessions. You see pics of the band at work and hints about song direction appear in tweets (when not about video games that is).

So to see the finished product be such a wondrous slice of perfection is gratifying. The band has heightened the guitar work to be a bit more crunchy ( and less Smashing Pumpkinsesque) while retaining the softer violins and vocal work to highlight the lyrics about how we as a people have lost the sheer joy of human interaction amongst the 21st century hum of faux communication. I am confident this taste will only whet your appetite for the entire album when it is released on May 30th. I am counting the days for sure.

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Because we all need some beauty in our lives.

And because the band members are friends, and my husband bangs on drums and bells.

Also, if you like what you hear, the band is releasing a new album! At a show! That is FREE! And ALL AGES!

Where: San Pedro Square Market (87 N. San Pedro Street, San Jose)

When: June 30, 7 p.m.

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I can’t wait to see the final cut but in the meantime here’s a teaser of Curious Quail’s upcoming documentary on the making of their new album After The Lights Failed

TEASER // Curious Quail: The Making of AFTER THE LIGHTS FAILED (by CuriousQuail)

Instant Gratification

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(everyone should check out this cool band called Curious Quail. Last night they had a special concert, performing their new-ish album in its entirety. It tells a story about a man and a woman who meet in a limbo state between life and death, with only polaroid photographs to piece together their lives, and they try to figure out how they knew each other in life.)

I was at the show last night, and I think I might have a theory re: the lack of harmonies in the first half of the album vs. the harmonies in the second half. This is a little long, and poorly written, so bear with me.

From the bits of the narrative that you guys talked about, it seems like during the first half, the two characters are having a hard time figuring out how they are connected, so there aren’t many harmonies (in a musical, they’d mostly sing on their own). But as the album progresses, they have “harmonized” their lives, believing that they are beginning to figure out their previous relationship in meatspace. Their separate experiences, and voices, begin to combine into one shared experience/voice, as they would have in life.

In “Playground,” in which they realize that they never even met during life, the two go back to singing separately. However, I noticed towards the end of the song, the two are singing together again, signifying a kind of bond. Even though they never shared a single experience in life, the entire experience in limbo formed a shared connection/bond/memory/whatever. They didn’t know each other then, but they know each other now. And with that realization, they can finally cross into the afterlife. Together.

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For our entry into NPR's tinydeskcontest we stripped our song ‘Reconstruction’ down to the bare minimums: some guitar, some Gameboy, some violin and of course, Joey turning TwitchTV broadcaster Spencer A West’s desk into a drumset. 

Share and enjoy! This was a lot of fun to put together, and I think it shows. 

So, the wonderful band Curious Quail followed me and I wanted to scream, but I’ll save that for their performance on Sunday at the Shoreline Amphitheatre for BFD 2013 <3

Congratulate them for winning the local band contest, and go listen to them! They’re super rad.