A Review by Mike Wahmann
Long Island based alt-rock band Qu!et started up back in 2016 by vocalist/guitarist/writer Michael Scarabino (check out his appearance on Bacon is My Podcast in the archives from April 2022) under the name Scarabino but since then, have rebranded due to the vast contributions of bassist/vocalist Whiskey Moonshine and drummer/vocalist Juliana Pitto. Since that rebrand in 2019 the band has released a number of singles but April 28th, 2022 they released their first 6-song EP called “Normal?”
As compared to their past releases, “Normal?” feels like the trio truly coming into their own as a band. Finding that sweet spot and creating a really great and cohesive record while also delivering songs unique enough from each other to keep an audience’s attention, which nowadays is a rarity. It’s amazing how a three-piece outfit can create such a huge sound. A super difficult thing to do on record is capture a live energy but they accomplish that right from the start of the opening track, “Setbacks.” From the very first snare hit of the intro to the unbelievable multi-harmony chorus, you know you’re in for an exciting ride.
One thing that stands out to me about Qu!et is how all three members of the band contribute vocally. We’re not talking just backing vocals, we’re talking about splitting lead vocal duties, as heard on the track “Just Go Alone” and others throughout the record. It truly feels like each member knows their lane, adds their voice and it creates such an awesome dynamic from song to song. As I said earlier, this three-piece band makes everything sound so big which is another standout quality to me. Their use of space and ability to create a complete soundscape gives the songs such depth and something new and interesting to listen for each time you replay the record. I highly recommend listening to this in earbuds or headphones.
Crafting and recording these songs for the better part of the “pandemic era” was obviously time well spent for these uber talented musicians. This is an EP that is musically inspiring to me personally because I love their use of textures and layers in each song. If you’re looking for music with movement, with soaring layered hooks and an endless supply ambient ear candy then I would highly recommend this piece by a super talented band with a bright future ahead of them!
And now to the moment you’ve all been waiting for…
The BIMP BLOG official rating:
Three Gnomes with plates of bacon, one with a glass of Irish Whiskey (That’s good)