These guys are great and they are playing on Friday 21st May 2010 at Moles, 14 George Street, Bath, BA1 2EN
£4 Advance, £3 before 10.30pm, £6 After
Support from Boy Com.
Rocky indie type band - really tight live. Saw them in torquay a couple of weeks ago for their album launch - 1000 people at that show!
Initially a five piece, The Quails first joined forces over a pint three years ago in a Devon pub. All five had been in previous bands, but shared a desire to be more focused in their approach to music. At first just a hobby, things gradually became more serious as the band realized that they were building up an army of supporters. They earned their stripes gigging in pubs in the South West, and their loyal army of fans were rewarded at the end of last Summer when the band were chosen to open for Muse on the first night of their Resistance Tour and were featured as part of a BBC3 documentary about the gig. They also supported The Kooks at The Eden Project and Motorhead on the main stage at The Bulldog Bash. As yet unsigned, these gigs were all as a result of them being spotted in smaller venues.
The first album, "I've Heard it's All Rumours"www. was released in 2008 to much acclaim.
Last year the band also played at festivals in Turkey and Jersey and headlined a number of smaller music festivals; they played on the Britbus in Bristol and for the Jack Wills sponsored varsity polo party in Windsor. A TV production company followed them to Turkey where they made a documentary about their invitation to play at an EU funded festival just 50 miles from the Iran/Iraq border. The documentary is currently being entered for national film festivals.
Now a four-piece, the band entered the wonderfully atmospheric Sawmill studios on the River Fowey in January of this year to record their second album "Master of Imperfection" Producer Simon Honywill who is the head of department for sound for The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury described the album as dynamite. The album, called “Master of Imperfection” will be released in May, with the first single Argentina coming out on the 3rd May.
Festival season 2010 kicked off for The Quails in The Alps supporting Newton Faulkner and KT Tunstall at The Altitude Festival. A busy Summer lies ahead with festival appearances at Beach Break Live, Chagstock, Reading, S. Devon Festival, Relentless Boardmasters to name but a few.
The Quails are fronted by prolific and talented songwriter Dan Steer who has a distinctive and powerful voice and is a charismatic performer. Rhythm and energy is supplied by Sam Banks on Bass and Chris Prentice on drums. The music is on the rocky side of indie, and although there are countless nods to the musical greats, The Quails have very much developed a distinctive sound. Dan’s voice is instantly recognizable, and Max Armstrong’s guitar riffs have to be heard to be believed. Max was recently cited by his old guitar tutor at Exeter Academy of Sound and Music as being the most accomplished student ever to pass through the Academy. Dan’s keyboard playing combines with good old rock guitar to create a perfect fusion of old and new. Topped off with sublime harmonies, it’s no wonder this band are attracting so much attention!
Go To Magazine “The first time I saw this Indie rocking five-piece live, they blew all the other bands clean off the stage; tight, professional and oozing with energy, The Quails are the real deal”, The Fly Magazine
Recent Gig Review:
http://www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk/news/ ... ticle.html
BILLED as a gig to launch the new Quails album 'Master of Imperfection', it ended up as a celebration of a band on the verge of something big. Teignmouth's Quails have come a long way from playing their first pubs, carnivals and regattas, and the rewards are surely just around the corner. They are no strangers to the big stage now, having supported Muse at Teignmouth and played to big festival crowds in the UK and Europe. But there was a real sense at the Riviera Centre that this is a band ready to take the big step to headline status in their own right.
From the moment they came on stage to the final encore more than an hour later, they kept a packed 1,000-strong crowd dancing and shouting for their favourite songs. Material from the new album was well received, particularly 'Games With The Devil', 'Princess' and current single 'Argentina'. And there was also plenty of room for old favourites from the first Quails album, 'I've Heard It's All Rumours'. But the best reception was saved for the show-closing number 'Fever', an outstanding song that will be the second single from the new album.
The pace never flagged throughout the set, and bass player Sam Banks and drummer Chris Prentice proved not just a great rhythm section but also suppliers of soaring harmonies. Guitarist Max Armstrong was on top form, and if a band stands or falls on the quality of its front man, The Quails should have nothing to fear. Dan Steer was in ebullient form, an engaging rabble-rouser with a fine voice and a skilful touch on guitar and keyboards.
The Quails now head off on a month-long tour to promote the new album, followed by a summer on the festival circuit with an appearance at Glastonbury the highlight. There is a lot riding on this summer for them, but with the cheers of the Torquay crowd still ringing in their ears, they proved themselves to be well prepared to move up to the next level.
Support bands The Iconyx and Redtrack did a fine job of warming up the crowd, and Brighton band Two Spot Gobi took the slot immediately before the Quails. It's not often you see a cello on stage, but Two Spot Gobi's quirky songs made the most of the unusual sound, and the audience warmed to them quickly.
A word, too, for the impressive sound and light system, which did a lot to make it a memorable night at a venue which really should host more events like this.
Article by GUY HENDERSON