Originally formed in 2010 by Monika Gromek (Vocals/Harmonium) and Andrew Thomson (Guitar/Vocals/Piano), the band have since evolved into a four-piece with the addition of Liam Chapman (Drums) and Ruth Campbell (Cello). Having released their first single Seven Hundred Birds to widespread critical acclaim last year, Quickbeam aim to capture the hearts and minds of the music community once more.
The resulting collection of songs captured on the album further reveal Quickbeam’s growing maturity as songwriters and highlights the chemistry between the members – orchestrally arranged strings, brass, and rich harmonium pitted against thunderously distorted guitar passages and pounding rhythms. As a result, Quickbeam showcase their undoubted skills by producing an album filled with melancholic beauty which captivates the listener to stunning effect.
Forthcoming download ‘Immersed’, available from 29th April, sums up the bands intentions perfectly. Opening with Ruth’s gorgeous cello and allied by Monika’s striking vocals, the song builds beautifully throughout before upping the pace as it comes to a close, finishing with snapping incessant drums, quickening piano all knitted together with the aforementioned cello as the instruments interplay wonderfully. In contrast the following track ‘Mountains’ is instrumental, a further indication of the bands schizophrenic creativity, displaying a diversity to Quickbeam’s work the likes of which Sigur Ros and Low would be proud of.
Quickbeam will be celebrating the launch of their debut album at a very special event in the disused Victorian swimming pool of Govanhill Baths on 31st May 2013. Having secured funding from PRS For Music Foundation in order to stage a special series of events, this show will see Quickbeam collaborate with local artist Annie Crabtree (Picture Window) and Becca Thomas (Pidgin Perfect) to produce a very special event experience that encompasses environmental artistry, projection, theatrics, and of course Quickbeam’s own brand of majestic and cinematic music. The night will also include a full band performance from label-mates Fake Major, and Comets and Cartwheels official partners Brewdog will be providing the bar.
Tickets for the event can be purchased from the Tickets Scotland website.
Quickbeam will release album Quickbeam via Comets & Cartwheels on 3rd June.