Hello everyone, we hope you had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year wherever in the world you may be! That is somewhat belated, but there it is. Tonight, I am proud to present The Quelle Source, who we previously covered quite briefly on FAIBW. You remember, I thought they were French or something, but their name is actually German. More on that later. FAIBW has gotten away from us recently, but The Quelle Source has not, and now they have released their debut LP, called Enjoy the Ridge.
I’m very excited about this band, and about the flashbacks I’ve been having recently to my middle school punk-loving days. It wasn’t really real punk, I don’t think–I don’t really know anything about the punk movement, to be honest–it was just MxPx and whatever they played occasionally on the radio. But I loved it/liked it a lot because my mother would not allow me to love it, and there’s an element to some of the music I’ve been listening to this past year that reminds me of those days. It’s the energy. The energy is there, and a little bit of angst, and the feeling of wildness & freedom…but it’s now much more mature and backed by perhaps more training and just plain musical validity than the stuff I used to listen to as a bitty little 12-year old trying to be cool.
That’s what makes The Quelle Source incredible. Enjoy the Ridge is alive, and it makes you want to see them live because you know it would be an awesome show. I would love to see them with Born Ruffians, for that matter. So, their energy makes them awesome, plus the super cool guitar riffs (“OT5”), the fact that their album title is a sarcastic jab at their neighborhood (I so want to record an album for the sole purpose of saying that I hated my neighborhood and stupid high school also), their proven ability to slow it down (“Wives’ Tale”), the lead singer’s sweet voice, and the angsty lyrical genius reminiscent of Dear & the Headlights or the Format. I love intelligent songwriters, especially after listening to Britney Spears on the radio this afternoon (who would have thought she’d come back?). Honestly, I would probably listen to the same couple chords over and over again if the lyrics said something brilliant…thankfully, because of bands like this, I don’t have to make that kind of sacrifice.
Here’s another reason we know they are intelligent–thanks to Dan for picking up on this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_document. I guess technically we don’t know if they intended that or not, but we’ll just go with a yes, they did.
My favorite tracks on the album are, for their sound and for the sharp lyrics, “That’s What Bees Said,” “State Line,” and “Escalation.” You won’t be disappointed. And if you, like me, have a special place in your heart for fake punk (is MxPx real?) or music you listened to in years past and have since abandoned, maybe you can put down that torch and jump on board with The Quelle Source.
I believe you can hear all, or at least a lot, of their album streaming here. You can also buy it, though. We like when people buy things.