L.A. duo Qui share a new video for the title track from their new album Life, Water, Living… Qui also launch western tour dates at the end of the month, paired with Seattle power-duo Lozen (featuring Hozoji Matheson-Margullis of Helms Alee). Qui’s recently release album Life, Water, Living… is available to stream.
If the third full length by L.A. duo Qui sounds like a radical departure, you probably were never really listening properly in the first place. Sure, perfectly taut vocal harmonies and precise, sparse instrumentation supplants much of the band’s early fume-huffing punk-noise here, but their penchant for challenging, button-pushing ideas is stronger than ever. Qui also employed harmonies and experimental structures on their previous album Love’s Miracle (2007) with former vocalist David Yow (The Jesus Lizard). But, Life, Water, Living… is clearly the band’s most meticulously refined effort at using melody and harmony as subversive weapons.
After a 5-year absence, Qui is once again back to the original duo formed in 2000 by drummer/vocalist
Paul Christensen and guitarist/vocalist Matt Cronk. Life, Water, Living… features inventive song structures and warped pop sensibilities reminiscent of early Sparks and Frank Zappa with Queen-style harmonies… or something like if Badfinger were the Melvins. Throughout, it’s an album that subtly commands attention as it shifts from a soft whisper to a chuckle to a scream.
Life, Water, Living… was produced by renowned engineer Toshi Kasai and Melvins drummer Dale Crover at Entourage Studios in Los Angeles. The album was released on February 25th, 2014, on LP, CD and download in partnership with Cobraside Distribution.
SPIN recently debuted two of the album’s videos: The clip for “Mucho Sex in America” directed by Laban Pheidias (Justin Timberlake, Billie Joe & Norah Jones, et al.) and, the exploration of inter-band bromance of “Whateryadoin?”
06/28 Oakland, CA @ Eli’s Social Club *
06/29 Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar *
06/30 Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell * #
07/01 San Deigo, CA @ Tower Bar *
07/03 Las Vegas, NV @ The Dive Bar *
07/04 Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge *
07/05 Boise, ID @ TBA *
07/06 Missoula, MT @ VFW Hall *
07/08 Bellingham, WA @ The Makeshift *
07/09 Seattle, WA @ The Lo-Fi Performance Gallery *
07/10 Portland, OR @ Porch Couch *
07/11 Arcata, CA @ Jambalaya *
07/12 San Francisco, CA @ The Hemlock *
* w/ Lozen
# w/ Mustard Gas & Roses (ex-ISIS)
Album: Life, Water, Living…
Label: Cobraside Distribution
Release Date: February 25th, 2014
01. Kicked Out of Mime College
02. Life, Water, Living…
03. Mucho Sex in America
04. Awkward Human Interest
05. Boogie Down Disappointment
06. The Kind of Jazz This Is
07. Proof of Bass
09. You’re a Girl
11. Ham Spray