At XS Noize, new music is dear to our hearts and we believe that genuinely talented fresh artists deserve a platform to share their material with the world. As such, we will now be showcasing one unsigned act every week, hand picked from submissions by Tom Day for the world to hear. Great news for all you audiophiles out there, but more importantly for those who’s voices deserve to be lifted from the crowd. This week it’s the turn of Chick Quest.
Artist: Chick Quest
For Fans Of: Eagles of Death Metal, Arctic Monkeys
In Their Own Words:
The initial concept behind Chick Quest was to combine chord progressions from old 60’s Italian Western film scores, such as work by Ennio Morricone, with the dancey Post-Punk of the late 70’s and early 80’s like Talking Heads, B52's, Manicured Noise or The Clash. The band name itself is a nod to cheesy 60's B-film titles and is meant to be taken as "A girl on a quest" as opposed to "Guys on a quest for chicks".
Ryan White (vocals/guitar), an American expat from Athens, Georgia, now living in Vienna, Austria, began the project with his Austrian friend, Iris Rauh (drums), in early 2014. Their original goal was to create a live dance party for their friends in small clubs, playing music they like to dance to and can't usually find in Vienna. By mid 2014, they added Magdalena Kraev (bass) and completed the lineup by early 2015 with Marcus Racz (trumpet/keyboards)—both also Austrian.
Their original "dance party" idea eventually blossomed into bigger shows and festivals, a spot on Austrian television, and a debut record in 2015 with glowing reviews, including its release mentioned on Pitchforkand an honorable mention as one of six best albums of the year by Der Standard, Austria's biggest newspaper.
Explain Yourself to a Bat:
Girl on Fire:
Somebody Call a Doctor:
Why Tom chose Chick Quest for the showcase:
From the off I loved their catchy bass lines and guitar riffs, minimalist drums and gloriously abstract lyrics