Quiet Quiet Band shares the second track off the upcoming EP ‘Come Home From the War’

Singing songs of love, death and Tony Robinson, Quiet Quiet Band are the rotting fruits in nu-folk’s verdant pastures. Extrovert practitioners of hillbilly hoedowns, sociopathic shanties and warped waltzes, QQB’s sometimes macabre, sometimes poignant ditties are further animated by a vociferous lyrical delivery, as they channel themes of love, desire, violence and death into wild, witty and wonderfully melodic tunes. “Our songs often evoke fictional characters who are reflecting on their own flaws, regrets, losses and mistakes,” says lead vocalist Tom Purcell. Also comprising Paul Smith-Jones (guitar/vocals), Scott Painter (bass), Jon Hare-Winton (drums) and Devon Gillespie (viola), QQB are renowned for their blistering live sets, the ferocity of which was first captured on 2015’s long-player ‘Low Noon’ to all-round praise. Now, a new EP, recorded by Sam Wheat at RekRoom Studios, seems to represent a subtle shift with a more composed, controlled collection. But you don’t need to scratch the surface too hard to know that Quiet Quiet Band still have that wicked glint in their eyes and a shindig in their souls. Listen/Share ‘Rum’ HERE

“A sonnet to my lifelong love affair with the hard stuff. A big red Valentine’s heart made up of the broken blood vessels on my cheeks.” Paul Smith-Jones, Quiet Quiet Band

One for the pantheon of great drinking songs, ‘Rum’, like the best of ‘em, strikes a tone that sways unsteadily between the celebratory and the cautionary. From its funereal acapella intro lamenting the deleterious effects of the bottle, ‘Rum’ staggers onwards via an appropriately woozy waltz – as windswept, wild, robust and exciting as you’d expect from a Quiet Quiet Band release – encountering Satan himself before hitting on a mood of stoic yet joyous resignation: “But I’d be all right… if I just had a drink”. A tragi-comic climax to an alcoholic’s ballad this line may be, but it forms part of a chorus so goddamn catchy it is sure to accompany raised glasses and pub singalongs at boozy gatherings from here ever after.

Something has stirred in the darker, lesser-trodden extremities of the UK folk scene. Following 2015’s raucously received (and performed) album ‘Low Noon’, that most carnivalesque quintet, Quiet Quiet Band, have re-emerged into the cold glare. The band’s new EP, ‘Come Home From The War’, released on 4 November, is a four-song rumination on the aftermath of conflict and, more pertinently, the ways in which humans seek to escape from it. As QQB guitarist Paul Smith-Jones puts it: “With society defined by global and personal battles, so many of our pleasures have become tactics for retreat. Pleasures of the flesh, pleasures in a bottle and pleasures of losing your mind inspired this record.”

Track Listings

1: In The Body
2: Rum

3: Soldier

4: Tony Robinson

See Quiet Quiet Band live

Saturday 1 October: The Bell on the Green, Devizes

Friday 4 November: The Finsbury, London N4 (official EP launch)

Friday 25 November: Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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