1.) We’re happy to be speaking today with acclaimed alternative rock band Quarters of Change; greetings and salutations, gang! Before we menader down the Q&A pathway, could each of you say ‘hi’ and introduce yourselves to our ever-lovin’ reading audience?
HELLO! We’re Quarters of Change, an NYC born-and-bred Alternative Rock band.
2.) Congratulations on the November 18 release of the deluxe version of your debut album Into the Rift! Ben A., what went into the decision to release this incredible deluxe edition of your debut album which just premiered last summer?
Thank you! We’re really proud of the whole Rift project, especially the “Deluxe” version. That ultimately came from some sessions with Mikey Freedom Hart (of Bleachers) that took place after their record was released. Mikey brought something cool out of us, and felt that the songs fit nicely on top.
3.) Attila, what was the genesis of Into the Rift? How did one of the most amazing and accomplished albums of 2022 come into being?
Into the Rift largely came from the four of us being together when COVID first hit. We bonded both as friends and as musicians during that time. I think that’s reflected on the album.
4.) Jasper, how is Into the Rift different than anything else on the 2022 music scene?
Into the Rift highlights performance.
Under the guise of an 80s production blanket (complete with Juno-synth and Linndrum overdubs), the record is really just us playing live. I think that alone sets it apart from most albums today…..very few bands record live, playing all together at once.
5.) Ben R., who was the producer on Into the Rift and what did that collaboration look like in the studio?
The original Into the Rift release was primarily self produced. We were pretty intent on finding “our sound” without the help of an outside producer. Aside from the last 3 songs (Ms.Dramatic, To Let Go, and Blue Copper – which were produced by Mikey Freedom Hart), we did the project on our own.
6.) Ben A., Quarters of Change has been on the scene since 2017, starting off as a high school cover band. What has been the secret of the band’s longevity?
It can be tricky sometimes……friendship, music, and more recently, business. But we knew each other long before any of this happened, so I think that keeps our connection authentic.
7.) Attila, what do you hope listeners walk away with after giving Into the Rift several dozen spins on their hi-fi systems?
I’m hoping they’ll hear the diversity in sound, instrumentation, and influence. There’s so much that we ended up fitting into these 14 songs.
8.) Jasper, on the heels of the release of Into the Rift, is the band pretty booked up as far as touring and venue performances go?
We’re gearing up to write our second next week…..and in February we’ll be doing a full US headline tour for the first time. It feels amazing to be this busy, and we’re grateful for the team behind us making these opportunities happen.
9.) A question for all of you: Who inspires you musically?
The Strokes & Red Hot Chili Peppers are a couple of our favorites. But there are too many to list….
10.) Ben R., Quarters of Change hails from NYC. How do those roots inform the sound of the band?
This city teaches you a lot at a young age…. you grow up a little quicker here, witnessing the madness and making it normal. In that way we proudly carry New York with us everywhere we go.
11.) Ben A., what was it like for the band to collaborate with music luminaries Mickey Freedom Hart and Tom Lord-Alge on Into the Rift?
Mikey is a great friend, and one hell of a mentor. His influence in the studio brought out some really cool moments. As for Tom Lord Alge…. his mixes are other-worldly. There’s a reason he’s considered to be the world’s best at what he does.
12.) Attila, any final thoughts regarding Into the Rift that you would like to share with readers?