KZME presents The Quick & Easy Boys
Sassparilla, World's Finest
128 Northeast Russell Street
Portland, OR, 97212
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
The Quick & Easy Boys
"Jimi Hendrix meets The Police playing at a house party hosted by The Minutemen," says Portland, Oregon-based The Quick & Easy Boys' primary vocalist Sean Badders, describing the band's sound over a couple of cocktails. If that description sounds far-fetched or strange, you haven't heard the power trio. Comprised of Badders on vocals and bass, Jimmy Russell on guitar and vocals, and Michael Goetz on drums and vocals, the outfit blends garage-pop, psychedelic rock, and funky R&B to create a brand of rock 'n' roll that goes against the grain, but finds everyone dancing and partying. Bottom line - it's all just rock 'n roll.
Now, on May 14, 2013, the band will nationally release their third full-length, Make It Easy, following up 2008's Bad Decisions with Good People and 2010's Red Light Rabbit, with their most cohesive and melodic album to date, which also happens to be their most rocking as well.
"We have continued to grow as songwriters and musicians, which has lead to a more dynamic and unique Quick & Easy Boys' pop-rock sound on this album," further comments Badders, discussing the album.
Recorded with engineer Bill Barnett at his Gung Ho Studios in Eugene, Oregon, and produced by the band (with help from Barnett), The Quick & Easy Boys went for a more cohesive sound on their latest. Whereas Red Light Rabbit, and especially Bad Decisions with Good People, genre-hopped from track to track, Make It Easy hones it all in, keeping the level of diversity that has garnered the band a devoted and loyal fan base, but ensuring their stylistic, genre-hopping uniqueness isn't traded in for production value.
"We really took our time recording and then assessing what should be put on the album as a coherent sounding mix of songs," recalls Russell. "We did not rush this process at all. We ended up cutting some songs and then adding some others. We feel very happy with the choices we made in regards to the final track selection. Also, by working with Barnett, we feel the entire production quality increased exponentially. The album pops harder than our first two efforts."
This is none more evident than it is on tracks like album opener "Hey Hey Hey," a stomping, funk-laden 70s influenced rocker, or garage-rock dancer "Without You."
"Dog On Its Reign" finds the band playing tight, punchy pop-rock, danceable groove in the pocket, and a slight psychedelic groove undertone that propels and pushes the song. Meanwhile, "Trace Kincaid" sounds like Pink Floyd meets Frank Zappa, and the album's title track is delectable, buoyant quirky pop-rock.
Channeling early Red Hot Chili Peppers on "Let Me Get Down," the band proves they can do just that, get down with a rocker, making you dance and sweat, but still make the song grind with a guitar that prove they're a rock band at heart.
"Toothpaste" is the band's nod to folk-rock, delivering a slower, methodically beautiful melody that will put you in a trance.
Ending with "A Little Hell," the Led Zeppelin-inspired ballad that fuses arena rock with slow, charming pop rock, helps you wind down gracefully, putting the sweat-drenched raucous to bed and allowing you to feel every note in a different way.
"We did a basement demo recording of about fifteen songs that were initial candidates," informs Russell, talking about the song selection for the album. "We picked ten of those to record for the album. We ended up cutting four of those after the initial recording session with Barnett. Then recorded another four completely brand new tunes that collectively really changed the shape and soundscape of the album. In the end, we are very excited with the energy of the entire album. Especially the tunes we added."
Taking their time and working out their artistic conflicts on the question of where their sound should go, the band shaped a record that is more coherent stylistically, but still The Quick & Easy Boys through and through.
"It ended up exhibiting less of our bluesy roots side and more of our unique pop rock sound," proudly states Badders. "We are very happy with how the album sounds sonically. Every track fits the vibe of the album and yet each track has unique arrangements and recording techniques applied making them all interesting in their own way."
Formed in 2005 in Eugene, Oregon and, after establishing a stronghold in their hometown, they packed their bags and moved to Portland, Oregon, where they now call home, embarking on their first national tour a year after the release of their debut, and never looking back.
In the past four years prior to Make It Easy's release, the band has crisscrossed the nation several times, playing everything from dive bars to festivals throughout, garnering a steady and consistently growing fan base in each market they bring their ass-shaking, good-time, beer-drinking brand of rock. Influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Police, Willie Nelson, Fela Kuti, Funkadelic, and countless others, the band has worked hard to get to the point where they're at with Make It Easy.
"We are most proud of this album out of all of our previous releases, and are incredibly excited to release it after much public and private anticipation," says Badders. "Out of all of our records we feel the content and depth of these lyrics consistently fit better than any of our previous efforts from beginning to finish of the album."
When asked if there is a theme or message running throughout the album, Badders quickly says that the album is "a mishmash of the of the feelings derived from living a Dionysian rock 'n roll lifestyle. It deals with heart break, frustration, fighting change, submission to change, highs, lows, and generally all the reasons why one should choose to just Make It Easy."
When asked if the band's diversity and genre-hopping sound has hurt them, Badders shakes off such a suggestion, thinking of it in a much more positive light.
"We've always done our own thing. We are not following the well-beaten path of a specific rock 'n roll sub-genre," proudly proclaims Russell. "We are playing rock 'n roll the way we feel it should be played. Thus, we may be defining our own role within the contemporary dialogue that is not contingent upon some artist's musical coat tails."
With the Make It Easy attitude, the band just wants to continue to perform for growing crowds, enthusiastic concertgoers, and have a good time. After all, if you can't have fun and do what you love, why put all your energy into it? And, one listen to Make It Easy will prove that the band does indeed put all their energy into their music - and live show, which is not to be missed.
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