A band borne of a viral plague, playing punky songs with four vocalists. What’s not to love? Oh, and their new EP is released tomorrow!
Calgary, AB, Canada.
How did you meet?
We met through the Alberta punk scene mostly. We all played in other bands, or friends other bands until we all played in the same band! Mikey and Spen have the most time spent together as they date back to the Calgary all-ages glory days.
How long have you been playing as a band?
With this current line up? About five months, but we all played in River Jacks before that. This was the year that we decided to shed some of that folky style while replacing it with a harder edge.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Remember when you were a kid, and someone was bugging you? What was the first thing you’d say to see that they got the point? Quit It! We think it’s actually quite applicable as adults as well, given all of the lunacy that goes on in the world.
What are your influences?
Bouncing Souls, The Clash, Billy Bragg, Cock Sparrer, One Man Army, Dead to Me, The Menzingers, Propagandhi, Ramones, Lagwagon
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Four vocalists! Every one of us brings songs to the table. We blend all of our unique vocal styles to the same hard hitting, melodic punk rock.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
We’ve got a heavy emphasis on accountability, both amongst ourselves and the world around us in our lyrics. There are social and political strokes in everything that we put together.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Too many to count as River Jacks. Quit it! on the other hand hasn’t graced the stage quite yet. Damn 2020…. We’re set to have our live debut on December 26th at Dickens Pub in Calgary. Fingers crossed for no lock downs and low case numbers! When it happens, we can guarantee fast, loud, catchy punk rock with no minced words between songs.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Spenny gets up to some crazy antics when he goes into “Front Man” mode. He’ll drop his guitar and before you know it, he’s either disappeared into the crowd, or smacking you in the face with the mic.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Spencer – Gibson Les Paul Junior with P90s in the bridge and neck
Spencer – Epiphone Sheraton with a 57 Classic in the bridge and a 59 Burstbucker in the neck
Jordan – Gibson SG Junior with factory pickups….
Mikey – Tama Starclassics
Tyler – Geddy Lee Signature Jazz Bass with Dual American Vintage Single Coil Jazz Pickups
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We’re putting out our debut self-titled EP! It’s dropping on Bandcamp on Dec 11, 2020. It’s also being released on vinyl by Wasted Wax in early 2021.
What are your plans for the next 6 months or so?
Well there doesn’t seem to be any tours to book, so we’re shooting a ton of music videos! We plan to release as many as we can for as long as it takes, while exploring new ways to showcase our music in the modern world.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mates band we’ve not heard of before!
Too many pals to choose from! A dream line up would include Jon Creeden & the Flying Hellfish (Ottawa, ON), Seth Anderson (Canmore, AB), Audio-Rocketry (Edmonton, AB), Fire Next Time (Edmonton, AB), The Penske File (Toronto, ON) and Alie Sin (Quebec City, QC). In any particular order. We broke the rules, but these hypotheticals are meant to be embellished!