The precocious, young local hard-rock band 1220 has been on an unofficial hiatus for the last several months, but three of its five members have stayed plenty busy with the new group Earth Quaker. After just a few months together, the new band is preparing to release its first CD.
"We started out as a circumstantial cover band mainly, and when the gigs kept happening, we started writing original material," says guitarist Nick Kurtz. "Our tunes got very good audience reactions, so we decided to make a record. It's got a very live and in-your face, band-in-a-room sort of vibe. My best stab at describing our sound would be the Kinks meets the White Stripes meets the Grateful Dead."
Kurtz is joined in the new band by 1220's Michael Cover on bass and Bill Van Vleet on drums. Guitarist James Farmer, who is not in 1220, rounds out the lineup. Earth Quaker has so far played a handful of local shows, and will have its CD release show for High Times in Early Life at Preservation Pub on Friday, April 8.
As far as 1220, we haven't gigged in a while, but that's not to say we won't again," Kurtz says. "Truthfully, I'm not sure what the future holds."
Taylor Brown and Company also have a CD release show coming up at Relix. Brown and his backing band—Terry Mahnken, Chris Dorsten, Kevin Hyfantis, and Bill Wolf—will release Danced With the Devil in early May, with a release show on Thursday, May 5.
"We have been working on this album for a year, and we are convinced it is leaps and bounds better than our freshman album," Brown says in an e-mail. "We are very excited about getting this CD out."
Brown, with a slightly different lineup behind him, released Coal Road Sunset in 2009. Danced With the Devil was recorded with Eric Nowinski at Rock Snob Recording Complex.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story reported the wrong location for Earth Quaker's CD release show.