Long standing Portland based indie rock power duo, Quasi, join Poindexter on Friday, November 10th @ 2:30pm for a live in-studio performance and interview before they head off to play Thee Stork Club in Oakland later that same night.
Quasi was formed in 1993 by Janet Weiss and Sam Coomes, in Portland Oregon. Since then, the band has toured the world (more or less) however many times, and released a number of well-regarded albums on several of the most respected American indie labels, including Up, Touch and Go, Kill Rock Stars, and Sub Pop, and internationally with longtime comrades Domino Records.
Concurrently, JW was a longtime member of Sleater-Kinney, as well as recording and/or touring with Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Bright Eyes, the Shins, Elliott Smith, the Go-Betweens, and others, and is currently also a member of Portland band Slang.
Breaking the Balls of History is Quasi’s tenth record, landing ten years after their last record, on February tenth. Three tens, which aligns with the thirty years they’ve played together. Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss have become Pacific Northwest icons, and Quasi has always felt so steadfast— their enduring friendship so generative, their energy infinite, each album more raucous and catchy and ferocious and funny than the last. But we were wrong to ever take Quasi for granted.
Here are two artists at their prime, each a human library of musical knowledge and experience, entirely distinctive in their songcraft and sound. In Quasi-form, the band becomes alchemically even greater than the sum of its parts: Janet’s galloping drums and Sam’s punk-symphonic Rocksichord and their intertwining vocals make something gigantic, anthemic. In the thick of a cataclysmic social and political moment, they’ve crafted exquisitely melodic songs that glitter with rage and wild humor and intelligence, driven by a big bruised pounding heart.