Review – Quick Wicked (self)
Quick Wicked are a band from Brantford ON that have high energy, focus and concentration. It’s truly independent music at its finest. Categorically this band is on its own in the stadium. If you need a slot, they are progressive/hard rock/indie-rock band that have some of the best music I’ve heard this year. Produced by Quick Wicked and Hamilton’s Matt Gauthier (who also engineered, mixed and mastered the album). Part of the album was even recorded at the Gauthier house, as well as at B Town Sound in Burlington and at The Eggplant Collective in Toronto.
The band members are Jeff Love (vocals/guitars), Kyle Love (drums), Rob Eddy (guitars/bass) and Kevin French (bass/synths). They have total “original music that doesn’t have any preconceived notions” and they “have a passion for making original music”. They effectively use sharp musicianship, a collective creativity and a heavy use of effects. They make each part work and you just know that so much is put behind the song emotionally. I had the opportunity to email a few questions to Rob Eddy, who had this to say about the questions asked:
1. Who writes the music/lyrics for the songs on the CD?? Do you all write together or separately and work it out in the rehearsal space? What’s the process?
Well, Jeff writes all his own lyrics, and for the most part, everyone in the band is responsible for writing their own parts to the songs with only a few exceptions. Our writing process begins with one member already having 2 or 3 different ideas worked out beforehand. Then, at practice it get’s dissected and we usually know very quickly if it`s something that will work for a Quick Wicked song or not. The structuring of the song and getting to the end result can sometimes take months. We always try to treat each instrument (including vocals) equally, and feel that that is an important part of what gives Quick Wicked a different sound than many other rock acts.
The only exception to this is that on the album called “Night Chaser” which is a song that I wrote and recorded everything myself. I re-recorded it with Matt to use on the album as an interlude. I couldn’t be happier with the end result! I’m also pleased with how the songs “Monolith”, “Night Chaser” and “King” flow into each other seamlessly. I feel that it’s just one really long song. That was not planned out; we just stumbled across that when we were putting the track listing together. It ended up being one of my favourite things about the album!
2. How did the band come together as a whole as it is now?
The story of the band is as follows: Jeff and I (Rob) met each other in public school and have been friends since grade 7. We’ve been playing music together since we were 14 and were in many different bands in our teens. Kyle (Jeff’s younger brother) was too young at first but by the time Kyle was 16 he was better than any other drummer we knew and eventually he came into the band. We were sneaking him into the bars at that point because he was the only drummer we wanted to play with.
I then took some some time off from playing in a band for about two and a half years when Jeff approached me about a new project he had in mind. He said that he had found a bass player (Kevin) who was Kyle’s friend before becoming our friend, and he wanted me to hear some demos for a couple of songs that he had already done. Shortly after that we all met for the first time together at a rehearsal space in Hamilton and started jamming the songs. That was the birth of Quick Wicked. Two years later after spending a considerable amount of time getting comfortable as a band, writing songs, playing live, finding Matt, recording a demo with Matt, writing more songs and finally recording the full album with Matt again, we have our first album and a finished product that we are proud of.
3. What is the mindset of the band when it comes to social networking? How has the Music Industry changed the rules of bringing a new band on a roster or signing to a major label?
Currently, we are using social networking for almost all of our content and promotions. We feel it’s a huge part of getting your music heard. In our early days, we desperately wanted to sign with a major label and have them take care of everything for us so we could just focus on the music. I think that was the story that was being told to us. After seeing what has been going on over the last 10-15 years we have re-aligned our goals and no longer have that mentality. Our main goal with this project is to give people a taste of something different when there is so much of the same happening right now in rock genre. Many bands seem to follow a “cookie cutter” approach to their songs that they end up becoming a parody of each other.
The track listing is as follows:
3. The Bodyline
4. Rhum Rocket
6. Night Chaser
10. The Docks
The CD begins with “Dingo” which is a song that has a killer melody and is played with an amazing attention to every single detail by all four members. With time signature changes that would confuse the best of musicians, and root chords in the bass work, they make it seem so easy and seamless in this one song. Vicious guitars, pounding drums and awesome vocals are just the beginning of this very impressive collection of songs. This song speaks of control and being original.
“Monolith” is the longest song at just over 6 minutes. It has a pretty guitar opening, followed by drums and bass. The melody flows easily through the song and the vocals are pained – tearing at your heartstrings with emotion. Lyrically, “I pick you over me/I’ve done it before/I miss you/Don’t walk away” can all be attributed by choosing another over yourself which can lead to confusion, tension and loss.
“Night Chaser” is an instrumental song, played well and is easy on the ears. Similar to “Monolith”, it makes a statement of quality music for the listener. The completion to this is the song “King” which gives you a trilogy of sorts. All three songs have well constructed melodies that flow into one other. The music is subtle and also tense, but “King” takes it over the goal line. “Which side of the billions do you follow?” is an interesting question to ask in a song lyric. As a listener it makes you think about what the band is asking you.
“Re-awake” is a short song (2:40) that is by far my favourite song. Time changes, choppy drums and good vocals, this song makes me want to start headbanging and pretending that I’m at a Quick Wicked concert. With my pretension to punk music, this song combines that punk spirit with hard rock and is played with intensity that equals no other band out there on the indie circuit at present. Lyrically, I hear it as a rebirth of sorts in some way, which reminds me of a snake shedding its skin and becoming new again in its own protection for survival.
Every song on this CD is solid, likeable and really can’t be slotted into one category. There are many influences this band takes from other bands and make it their own by playing to their own drummers, so to speak. The recording, mixing and mastering are impeccable and speak to me of a band who found the perfect match in Matt Gauthier’s ability to nail the bands’ authentic sound in this 10 song CD.
The band has an upcoming show at The Volume Lounge in Oshawa ON on Saturday November 16. Contact the venue for ticket prices and door times.
Quick Wicked – Video – Dingo (as recorded in studio) followed by “King”