The Quails


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The press photo may lead one to believe that the Quails are archeologists or artists from the 1930s. The record title may imply ambient electronic or dream pop. The truth is, however, that the Quails are an eccentric indie/punk band with shades of riot grrrl that match Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill. The second album, once again released on Inconvenient (run by Erase Errata's Sara Jaffe), is raw and entertaining, with all three members (drummer Julianna Bright, guitarist Jen Smith, and bassist Seth Lorinczi) sharing vocals and songwriting. Opener "Riding the 5" is immediately boisterous, but the band has a lot to offer, whether it be its political commentary or a trumpet in the middle of "Digitons." Fuzzy distorted bass is the key part in the frenetic title track, which asks what to do when the world is a mess (answer: "make a fist!"). There are some unexpected turns when the Quails crib some lyrics by the Smiths in "Soon the Rest Will Fall" and bewitch listeners with the brief Spanish-flavored "Un Bargo Salvida," though it only contributes to this San Francisco trio's fun and jagged rock.

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