Remember passing by the band room in high school? While classes were in, the sounds are pretty much what you'd expect to hear. But, when classes are out it's a completely different story. That's when you'll find the true like-minded musicians in school gathering to explore a common hunger. When school was out at Surrey's Elgin Park Secondary, the rumble leaking through the cracks was the unmistakable beginnings of metal experimentalists, Quartered.
Borrowing from influences like The Deftones, Tool and Faith No More, Quartered explores the dynamics of progressive hard rock with explosive releases of calculated energy. Since 2004 they have been winning over audiences in their back yard of Vancouver, which is no easy feat, as the west coast of Canada is home to a competitive hotbed of talent known for breakout rock and metal artists. Their high energy live show has regularrily piqued the attention of judges in local competitions, often resulting in Quartered stealing the top awards from veteran progressive bands.
In 2007 Quartered released "The Falls of Autumn", and in 2008 "Straight Out of the Sandbox". Both records boast an uncompromising intensity as the band continues to bloom. The recordings have caught the ear of LA producer Eric Greedy who is currently working on new material with the band.
Greg Williams - Vocals
Craig Rudder - Bass
Todd Sanft - Guitar
Scott Miller - Drums
Jeff Wang - Guitar
The name Quartered represents the unity the band feels at the collective core of their friendship and musical journey. Frontman Greg Williams says, "We live to write, record and perform music that will one day inspire others." And that's exactly what this metal quintet does. They take the job seriously and each new fan is treated personally as a new member of their extended family.
There is a lyrical depth to Quartered that one cannot deny. Take the song "Africa" which begins in a chant using the Africaans word "Mooi" meaning pretty. Here, Williams fondly reminisces about someone dear to his heart that he lost years ago, before blowing the doors of memory wide open with the belly of the song. He picked up the knack for experimenting with exotic languages while spending time in a choir lead by a South African conductor.
In the song "Push" Quartered lashes out with the lyric "let the fire rage". On the surface this seems harsh, but after digging deeper the message of hope and courage emerges. Dedicated to a family member's struggle in an abusive relationship, Williams and company urge anyone in a similar situation to find the strength within to survive.
In between chants and screams, don't be surprised to see Williams leaping over Sanft or the other band members at their next live show.
It wouldn't be the first time their set ended with ambulances and police cars on the scene. Needless to say things can get pretty intense.
Also, don't be surprised if you get asked to have a beer with them after the show in their tour van, or if you bump into them handing out free tickets to their own show on the street in front of the venue. These guys are out there building their audience one fan at a time.
Whether playing to a packed house or an audience of one, Quartered is dedicated to leaving you inspired.
Band MembersGreg Williams - Vocals Todd Sanft - Guitars/Vocals Craig Rudder - Bass Scott Miller - Drums Jeff Wang - Guitars