Sunday, July 31, 2011

Seattle's Quickie: punk with plenty of pop

Quickie bassist-vocalist Lou Trez rocks his pearly whites. (Andy photos)

Quickie are a shoe-horn-type band. The Seattle pop-punkers can wedge their feet into nearly any situation.

The trio fits nicely on MC5 axeman Wayne Kramer's 2001 compilation "Beyond Cyberpunk" alongside tracks by Dee Dee Ramone, Pere Ubu, Richard Hell and the Voidoids among other heavyweights.

They did the run-and-gun thing by playing 40-plus mini-gigs in one day in Seattle-area cafes, pubs and clubs to set a Guinness World Record Sept. 30, 2010. We hung out at one of our classic joints, the Monkey Pub, to be part of the action ... but, unfortunately, that was one of the places cut from the list due to their ambitious schedule. In the end, they earned the gold medal in the musical marathon.
Here's a video:

Joe Wolf shows the Jet Bar crowd how it's done.
Their Quickie-style, Ramones-meets-Undertones tuneage has been featured in movies and TV series, and their "Bikini Barista" video has notched about 130,000 views worldwide via You Tube.

There's Something Hard in There friend/bassist-vocalist Lou Trez, guitarist Joe Wolf and drummer Kelly Lichtenwaldt are now shooting for a spot on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show in a nationwide voting event. Check out the band's Facebook page for info:!/pages/Quickie/235631446618

And, as witnessed on Saturday night, the Quickie men can unleash their upbeat vibe to a tipsy crowd at a dance club/sports bar/restaurant called the Jet Bar in a Mill Creek shopping center.

If there's anything these guys can't do, let us know.

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