19 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

With a race-to-the-finish-line attack, the New Paltz, N.Y.–based trio QUARTERBACKS pack 19 songs into 22 minutes of sweet, sweaty, and romantic ideals. Songwriter Dean Engle works with the indefatigable rhythm section of Tom Christie and Max Restaino, and they give their self-titled debut album the relentless force of a hardcore pop band. Recorded in roughly 10 hours, the album is reminiscent of The Minutemen crossed with a healthy K Records fixation. It's hard to single out individual tracks without including them all; Quarterbacks is that rare album where the gestalt is as important as the many charming singular moments. Though, okay: “Lauren” is pretty special.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With a race-to-the-finish-line attack, the New Paltz, N.Y.–based trio QUARTERBACKS pack 19 songs into 22 minutes of sweet, sweaty, and romantic ideals. Songwriter Dean Engle works with the indefatigable rhythm section of Tom Christie and Max Restaino, and they give their self-titled debut album the relentless force of a hardcore pop band. Recorded in roughly 10 hours, the album is reminiscent of The Minutemen crossed with a healthy K Records fixation. It's hard to single out individual tracks without including them all; Quarterbacks is that rare album where the gestalt is as important as the many charming singular moments. Though, okay: “Lauren” is pretty special.

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1:04
1:27
0:50
1:34
1:17
0:55
0:27
0:52
1:25
1:39
1:01
0:38
1:20
0:42
1:30
1:03
1:19
1:34

About QUARTERBACKS

While living in New Paltz, New York, songwriter Dean Engle began Quarterbacks as a minimal punk-pop band, playing his fast devotional pop tunes on guitar while a friend backed him up playing a drum kit consisting of only a snare drum. This incarnation of the band was short-lived, playing only a few basement shows before fading out of sight. Engle regrouped in 2012, bringing the rhythm section of Max Restaino and Tom Christie into the fold and expanding the more stripped-down early version of the band into a high-energy twee pop power trio playing at manic punk tempos. Engle's romantic and sometimes charmingly naive songs spilled out at a prolific rate, due in part to their economical song structures, usually clocking in at less than two minutes. The band played locally for the next two years, writing more songs and releasing some of them on various cassette album releases. Over the course of a 12-hour recording session in 2014, Quarterbacks tracked 19 songs that would make up their 22-minute self-titled debut full-length. The album saw release early the next year on Team Love Records. ~ Fred Thomas

  • ORIGIN
    New Paltz, New York
  • FORMED
    2011

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