Heavy static shaped to the name QTY introduces “Cold Nights”, which feels like a throwback to hitting the top of the TV to realign the picture. That problem went unsolved until the late mid-2000’s, incidentally around indie rock’s golden age, which has us doing a double-take. The vibe is simply a healthy dose of grandiose orchestra that also keeps smooth melodies that flow in line with 90’s rock. It listens like a friendly reminder of where this generation of fans came from.
The origin story of the New York indie crooners is sweet and familiar, but with an interesting combination to stand out – guitarist Dan Lardner had a guitar in his hand during the formidable year of 11 and just wanted to be a cool rock musician, writing songs <em”about whatever” and properly learning from bassist Peter Baumann, while fellow guitarist Alex Niemetz knew she wanted to crush it with intent. A bond was formed almost immediately after their first meeting and produced gold even quicker. One of those unspoken rules in music is that one solid trait that makes a great band is the importance of personnel that differ greatly in their respective visions of the future, and we certainly find those instincts here.
On the new video, Dan Lardner writes, “In the weeks leading up to recording our debut with Bernard in London, I had lost my electricity and heating in my apartment. Being cold, along with the bond that Alex and I share, is a reoccurring theme that is touched on throughout the record – and with ‘Cold Nights,’ these two dominant forces in my life are explored. When asked to describe what QTY sounds like I often say that we are ‘guitar driven lyrical rock music with pop sensibilities,’ and ‘Cold Nights’ is what I specifically have in mind when I say that.”
QTY’s self-titled debut album is out December 8th via Dirty Hit. You can catch the band live this winter — dates below.
December 1 – DC9, Washington, DC
December 2 – Mahall’s Locker Room, Lakewood OH
December 3 – Rumba Cafe, Columbus OH
December 4 – Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
December 6 – Club Café, Boston MA
December 7 – Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia PA
December 8 – Middle East Upstairs, Boston MA
December 9 – The Haunt, Ithaca NY
December 10 – Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn NY