Quasi was formed in Portland OR in '93 by Sam Coomes & Janet Weiss. Their first album was self released in '95. They released three albums between '97 & '99 on Up Records. They moved to Touch & Go Records in '01 & released three albums with them, & additionally T&G reissued the first album. The band moved over to the Kill Rock Stars label in '09. Quasi albums are licenced by Domino Records in Europe & P-Vine Records in Japan. Throughout this time they have also toured &/or recorded either individually or collectively with Sleater-Kinney, Elliott Smith, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Built to Spill, Bright Eyes, Heatmiser, the Go Betweens, Pink Mountain, Blues Goblins, Jandek, the Boston Spaceships, Crock, numerous other less recognizeable names. Prior to to Quasi, SC was in the San Francisco band Donner Party (c.'83-'88) & both SC & JW were in the Portland power trio Motorgoat (c.'90-'92). Joanna Bolme (Jicks, The Minders, Calamity Jane) joined the band in c.'06 & left the band after the recording of "American Gong" & numerous tours in '11. JW formed the band Wild Flag in '10. SC formed the band Deep Fried Boogie Band in '11. Quasi is still in the new, gentrified Portland.
The Mountain Movers
The Mountain Movers were started by Daniel Greene and Rick Omonte to keep up with Dan's prolific songwriting. The band is based out of New Haven, Connecticut where they have a wealth of talented friends to help them perform and record their songs. Their sound can best be described as dreamy rock. Always heartfelt, Greene's ability to paint a picture with words is uncanny. Sonically, the band has a love for warm old tones, echoes, and tape hiss. This is apparent in their discography as most of their output was made on 2 inch reel to reel machines or 8 track cassette recorders. The Mountain Movers are also known for their distinct visual style and their various releases feature Dan's unique artwork (pencil/pen drawings, pastels, and watercolor paintings). Recently the decision was made to create the band's own record label, Car Crash Avoiders, further cementing the reputation they hold for a very hands-on ethos. They have played shows with Dinosaur Jr., MV and EE, Josephine Foster, Akron Family, Wolf Parade, and Cherry Blossoms. They have had banner reviews from Shindig, OMG Vinyl, Terrascope UK, and many other fine spots. New recordings are always in the works. Current Movers: Daniel Greene (founder of The Butterflies Of Love), Rick Omonte (founder of Shaki Presents), Kryssi Battalene (also of Colorguard), Ross Menze (also of Estrogen Highs).