March 8, 2006
QR5 – two songs from “Pharmakon”
Last Friday I was having a post-workshop beverage at what just might be the best named pub, ever, in London, Ont., and a Toronto band called QR5 was playing. Unfortunatley I didn’t see their entire set, or really any of their set because we were at a table in the room beside the room they were playing, but I liked what I heard. Their music has a positive feel, very melodic with excellent arrangements, and it has a great “vibe” (man, that word sounds stupid but I can’t think of any thing else at the moment).
They describe their music as:
Acoustic-ambient folk collides with a funk and reggae rhythm section. Atmospheric lead guitar fleshes out an aggressive acoustic, while hip-hop beats and a melodic but funky bass energize the sound. On a few tracks, epic and moody organ parts alternate–evoking a dramatic film-score quality.
Here are two songs from their just released, third album “Pharmakon” (direct links):
They seem to be playing a few scattered dates here and there. You can see them at Metro Hall, Toronto as part of “Artists against War” on Sunday (March 12) and they will be in Kingston at the Scherzo on April 7th.
And check out qr5.org, which features colour-saturated, wonderfully framed photographs by vocalist/guitarist Matthew Maaskant.