Quartjar Winter Jam
8 p.m. Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Open Chord
Quartjar is a heavy rock'n'roll trio from Knoxville, Tenn., that performs original music. You can find the group's music at Disc Exchange in Knoxville, at Bandcamp.com, on iTunes, CD Baby, and a bazillion other online sources.
In the late 1990s, former psychedelic post-punk and lyrical minimalist Randall Brown used to sit around writing increasingly wordy songs on his acoustic guitar. Then he decided to plug his electric guitar back in. The bluesy singer-songwriterly tunes picked up steam. Eventually, he gathered a band together.
After a few years of evolution, Quartjar features Malcolm Norman as resident bass monster and Tory Flenniken as the barely containable animal of the drums. Now a lean, mean electro-acoustic-prog-blues rock machine, the group likes to lay it down heavy.
Even with the heavy — and heady — concoction of blues and prog influence, Randall still sorta thinks he is playing punk rock. As D. Boon said, "Punk is what you make it."
We rock. Sometimes loudly, sometimes quietly. Sometimes funky. The occasional jazz-metal-prog-blues outer space jam. The lyrics weave narrative and impressionist phrasing together to, you know, tell stories and give impressions.
Led Zeppelin, The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent, Black Sabbath, King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, ZZ Top, Rolling Stones, Robin Trower, Keith Richards, Heartless Bastards, Black Keys, John Prine, Minutemen, White Denim and lots more.