grafts bustling rhymes and searing vocals onto juggernaut baselines
filthy guitars and monsoon beats. Quarrel's enormous energy and
thunderous groove features the claret-voiced vocalist Ampersand and
madcap master of ceremonies Tab Deliminated; the live experience truely
is a momentous visual and aural experience. Blam.
The Quarrel way: funk it up, sing it
out, laugh it off, and say something about the universe. Or at least
dig that unrelenting hihat.
2017 Xmas Release:
What do Greg Lake, Paul McCartney, Slade, Jona Lewie and Quarrel all
have in common? They are as part of the Christmas fabric as turkey and
mince pies! Yes indeed 2017 was the year Quarrel picked up the port and
laid down the seasonal EP entitled "Christmas Crackers"!
Quarrel returned to Guilfest
Festival this time headlining
the Surrey Advertiser Stage Stage (alongside
Jools Holland, Olly Murs, Sub Focus, Chic, Jimmy Cliff, Cher Lloyd, Tim
Minchin, Gary Numan, Buzzcocks, Andy C, Bryan Ferry etc) and also
launched their new Is It Cool? EP and video
legend Anna Wing MBE
(famous of course for playing Lou Beale) at a very special exclusive
event at the Roxy Bar & Screen with Anna Wing herself in
attendance as guest of honour!
Building on a giant 2010 the new funk diary was phat with bookings for Guilfest Festival
(alongside Roger Daltry,
PUBLIC IMAGE LTD,
Noisettes, Ziggy Marley,
Gallows, Funeral For A Friend,
Echo & The Bunnymen, Nero,
Peter Andre, UK Subs)
Festival (alongside Back To The Planet,
Here and Now, Zion Train,
Nik Turner, Radical Dance
Faction). The band also played profile support slots for acts
such as Alabama 3
( hit TV show The Sopranos used "Woke Up This
Morning" for their opening credits ), and and the psychedelic folk rock
maestro King Charles
(Universal Republic/Island). All this plus the usual top gigs at
venue's such as Camden's sought after Dublin
Castle ( The Arctic Monkeys,
Blur, Madness ),
& headliners at venues such as The Good
Ship ( Noel Fielding, The Beatles,
Quarrel cruised along the South coast in 2010 spreading the good word
of funk. They supported Mobo
award winning Akala in Southampton's Joiners and
smashed it. And with festivals such as Weyfest Festival
(alongside The Stranglers,
The Zombies, Ade Edmondson
& The Bad Shepherds, Curved Air, Focus
& Mungo Jerry) and Jamstand Festival ( Roots Manuva, Ugly Duckling
) in the diary, Quarrel knew 2010 was huge. Mark their words,
progressive funk hip hop is hitting the map.
Quarrel wowed crowds in renowned venues across Bristol, London ( Cafe De Paris, Punk,
Troubadour ) Southampton, Winchester and Guildford throughout their
2009 tour, converting scores of funk fledglings into ardent, bouncing
fanatics along the way.
QUARREL @ JOINERS (Southampton) - Gig Review
guys really knew how to bring the funk, mashing out tasty
guitar licks over some really nice bass lines. The drummer knew his way
around the kit very well too, and as we know with funk – you need to
stay tight. The lead singer was one smooth man, with a very fitting and
powerful voice. As for our masked friend, he provided vocal emphasis
and some contrasting MCing. This man also knew how to get the crowd on
their side, and by the end of it we were all rocking in time with him
and fist-pumping like mad men...
QUARREL @ CAFE DE PARIS (London) - Gig Review
in the ritzy, basement-level splendour of Leicester Sqaure's Cafe
de Paris - a venue not a little reminiscent of the set from Strictly
Come Dancing I might add - the venue's occasional 'Cafe Rocks' series
was kicked into life on Friday by a pulsing co-headline set from up and
coming funk rockers Quarrel, who promptly announced at the start of
their set they'd get the ballroom dancing - and then did exactly that.
But this wasn't so much paso dobles and foxtrots as a good ol',
booty-shaking get-down complete with funky basslines, catchy melodies
and plenty of goodtime energy from the six musicians on stage. Opening
with memorable stomper Staying In the Quarrel boys made no bones about
what type of gig this would be: upbeat, funny and rampantly 'bouncy',
as endlessly madcap, self-anointed 'master of ceremonies' Tab
Deliminated reminded the crowd.
Quarrel The tempo was kept up with the Stevie Wonder-tinged Get
Yourself Together and extraordinary disco-romp March Emporium - both of
which showcased singer Michael Lawrence's gritty, soulful voicebox
nicely - and the band even found time to wedge in a moment of
Butlins-esque cabaret when pulling a fan on stage to claim a free
t-shirt by answering a question in the 'Quarrel Quiz'. That they got
away with it speaks volumes for the connection they'd already forged
with Cafe crowd.
The hip-grinders kept coming in the shape of El Trio de Loco -
including some mean solos from guitarists Damian Nolan and Barry
Dologhan - and above all with the sassy Is It Cool which, to this
reviewer, appeared to be a funk song devoted entirely to a broken oven
(about time concerns about culinary apparatus were melded together with
progressive funk rock too).
Kudos also goes to manic drummer Simon Young whose torrid pace in
closer I Got My Brother drove home the point that too few bands are
prepared to ask more of its audience than standing in static
appreciation - if any of them didn't work up a sweat dancing to this
ditty it can only have been because they were locked in the gents or
dangerously dehydrated already.
And if bands like this herald the return of grooving, optimistic,
participatory gigs, so much the better for live music.
You just know Quarrel, for one, wouldn't argue with that.