Quasi – The Sword Of God (Domino)

Quasi – The Sword Of God (Domino)

At last! A chance to dispel the myth that this has been a bad year for indie! American 2-piece Quasi have released what could quite possibly be the best record of the year (non-conformist US indie label sub-category).

Somewhere between Supertramp played through a Yamaha fizzy, and Ben Folds Five played all through the night, what you got are 14 songs of staggering beauty and empathic longing – like a rock and roll ‘there, there’ and a piano lick pat on the head.

the subject matter is that of bitter, angry, young  men; ‘A Case Of No Way Out’, ‘The Curse Of Having It All’ and ‘F**k Hollywood’ are all prime examples. But the music is perfect grungey pop, played by beatnik angels – uplifting, emotional, special, yet spiky enough to be surprising. I can’t praise this one highly enough. Beg, borrow or steal. When we doing the end of year polls – I’m going to battle for this one. The album is like a huge f**k-off baseball bat with massive spikes, it’s going to absolutely pummel any possible opposition. Travis are a small toffee hammer in comparison. 9/10

Chris Merriman

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Quasi – The Sword Of God (Domino)