Quarrel 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.
2015 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 2015 was the year Quarrel picked up the port and laid down their first ever seasonal EP entitled "A Christmas Quarrel Service"!
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 starring EastEnder 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, James Blunt, N-Dubz, Razorlight, PUBLIC IMAGE LTD, Pendulum, Noisettes, Ziggy Marley, Gallows, Funeral For A Friend, Echo & The Bunnymen, Nero, Peter Andre, UK Subs) and Alchemy 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, Joy Division).
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, Seth Lakeman, 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's debut album 'Cede the Day' was released in 2008 featuring dancefloor anthem and YouTube cult hit "Staying In". The follow up album 'An Introduction to
Quantum Physics' is set for release in spring 2011.
QUARREL @ JOINERS (Southampton) - Gig Review
...These 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
Source: Spinna Disc Records
Deep 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.