This is the latest in a series of spotlights on the bands and artists participating in Sound Of Our Town, a free, all-day, and all-ages event at the Lawn On D in South Boston on Saturday, October 4. Sound Of Our Town is a collaborative effort between the Boston Music Awards and Vanyaland, and serves to kick off the BMAs voting season by unveiling the 2014 nominees and showcasing some of the best homegrown acts from our city’s music scene.
Over the past few years, Quilt have built a reputation around our town for their complex, folk-tinged, and psych-leaning pop-rock songs, and now those songs are reflected as the sound of our town across the globe. The band is currently on tour in Europe (London tonight!) and have spent much of 2014 on the road here and abroad, taking on Texas’ Austin Psych Fest back in May during a cross-country jaunt and making this current trip across the Atlantic their second go-round since the release of sophomore record Held In Splendor, out via http://www.mexicansummer.com/tag/quilt/” target=”_blank”>Mexican Summer.
When we were in London back in March, we spotted the record as a featured album at London’s famed Rough Trade shop. It was clear word on Quilt had gotten out.
Wrote NPR for its Tiny Desk series in April: “It’s right there in the band’s name, but the music of Quilt is truly a tapestry. Its songs are made of small bits of verses and choruses that, heard individually, may not seem to fit. But in the hands and voices of this band, they stitch together beautifully. Interweaving harmonies and guitar lines from Anna Fox Rochinski and Shane Butler set the tone for these tunes — soft and benevolent, dreamy and quivering, with poetry that’s thoughtful and playful.”
Added Pitchfork, in its 7.0 record review: “On Quilt’s sophomore release, Held In Splendor, band members Shane Butler, Anna Fox Rochinski, and John Andrews grow more expansive in their instrumentation, blowing out their simple psych-folk ditties into strings-laden multi-part suites that build toward thrilling, guitar-heavy climaxes. It’s a clear progression that nevertheless manages to keep Quilt tucked firmly in the milieu of paisley-colored retro pop-rock.”
It’s a perfect addition to Sound Of Our Town, especially to start the evening slate just as the sun fades over Lawn On D. Get to know Quilt with some tunes below…
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