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Friday, 8 April 2011

The Quails 'Master of Imperfection' album review

The Quails
Mater of Imperfection album review
Alaina Henderson

So Summer is almost upon us and that means only a few things for most of us – sunshine, festivals and feel good music. If you’re looking for something new to add to your ipod playlist, The Quails are here to help. This four piece flock hail from Devon and they’re bringing their Indie rocking goodness to the masses with their new album, along with quite a few tour dates across the country.

Coming from the South West corner of the country, they have a chilled out and relaxed vibe, much like their surroundings in those parts. Their sound is modern, but at the same time innovative and keeps you guessing. Title track ‘Master of Imperfection’ starts out sounding like ‘80’s classic rock, but then leads full swing into the easy going flavour that most of the album has. This, mixed with harmonised backing vocals to create a unique sound for this genre of music, makes for yet another element of sweet surprise.

This band has a grown up feel. This isn’t a group releasing albums and playing live to ask the question ‘so, do you like us?’ They’re out there saying we’re here and we know what we’re doing and ‘you’re gonna like us’. Forming in 2006 in the good old traditional way of hard work and dedication, after being high school friends, most likely led them to where they are today. None of the x-factor style, formulated nonsense for this lot, and it looks like it paid off.

This album, their second release after their first titled ‘I’ve heard it’s all rumours’ in 2008, kicks off with ‘Games with the devil’, and it doesn’t hang around. After an initial blast of opening guitar, vocalist Dan Steer is straight in there with the first line and the song is in full swing. A great indication of things to come on the album, a mix of upbeat tempo, juicy guitar riffs, modern Indie sounds with a dash of individual Quail style.

Other tracks, such as ‘Princess’, hold back a little more and give you time to reflect. It’s a little more mellow and relaxed, perhaps a small break before you’re turfed right back into the bouncing beats. Still current in it’s refrain, yet keeping with timeless style with the guitar riff - almost sounding glam rock-like - most likely coming from their honest roots in forming this band.

The album is a perfect mix of fun and honestly humble tunes which are classic and contemporary. Their Devon-based cheery chants are summer time in sound, perfect to listen to in a field of your choice. Proof of this is the amount of festivals they have been booked for this year, including Exeter, Dartmouth, Raglan and 500 festival. Go and check them out, even if it’s for the first time, it will probably be the best concert-going decision you make this year.

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