Here’s our salute to Colin Toline. We’ve banded together to make music together. So each of us plugged in and turned on at home — sending the parts around until the songs took shape. Happy birthday, High C. There’s never been an Alewife record without you. You’re here with us still. We're just making the most of a situation where there are hurdles in all directions, and a few DO NOT ENTER signs to boot. Cue the colored, twinkly lights and lava lamps. We give you, THE QUARANTIKI TAPES, direct from the underground.
It has been 6 months since we had played live together. After the world came to a grinding halt a year ago, it became obvious that live music might not happen for some time – but we snuck a couple outdoor shows in last September. (sidewalk buskers?) The big picture situation was initially depressing, but ultimately unifying for us: to provide some psychedelic version of an alternate take on the live experience was at first frightening… but it became an opportunity to look this passage of time directly in the eyes. We wanted to create something that felt like more than just a replacement for what we'd normally be doing. We wanted to be a band who tried to make something positive in an extremely trying time ... rise up and go beyond. These sessions proved to be a collectively individual effort to support the larger concept of music and human connectivity.
There was also some kind of primal instinct of how to make something happen with these 5 new/old tunes. The recorded result leads us down avenues we hadn’t been to in rehearsal. It's both alarming and electrifying to listen to these. Onward!
August 26 - Bass St Landing Summer Music Series, Moline IL
August 28 - Montrose Saloon, Chicago
More dates to be announced soon
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Please pay what you can ... nothing, something, a little, more than a little. Whatever you can will be mucho appreciado.
released March 3, 2021
Vocals, Accordion, Melodica, and Keyboards - Beverly Gibson
Guitar and Electric Bass - Mitch McNeil
Congas and Percussion - Alex Haussmann
Drums, Percussion, and Electronic Percussion - Miguel Gonzalez
Recordings: Undisclosed Locations
Mix: Mitch M
Mastering: Mark Jarasek
Graphic: McNeil Design
Dedicated to John Colin Toline 1955-2020
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