Album Review

Quasi - Breaking the Balls of History

A feast of exuberance.

Quasi - Breaking the Balls of History
Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss are already ledgered in the prestigious Sub Pop pantheon. While Quasi themselves stand proud with a catalogue of alt-classics from the late ‘90s and beyond, their individual CVs alone are enough to boast about. Returning with this tenth studio album - their first in a decade – ‘Breaking the Balls of History’ withstood a broken collar bone, two broken legs (Janet suffered a horrific car crash in 2019) and a pandemic in order to whirlwind itself into existence. And the result is an effervescence of headlong, wind-slicing garage-rock that’s equal parts brazen, jubilant and loud. Propelled across its twelve tracks with eruptions of keyboard overdrive, cannoning drums, and Sam’s corn dog vocals - think Stephen Malkmus after a hat-trick of Red Bulls - Quasi land someplace cool between corny absurdity, and wry sincerity. Littered with askew lyrical turns - “I was a teenage porcupine / A bed of nails running up my spine” – ‘Breaking…’ offers up a feast of exuberance, standout track ‘Riots and Jokes’ musically epitomising the album’s forward-charging freedoms, and neatly sums up Quasi’s modus operandi there in its very title.

Tags: Quasi, Reviews, Album Reviews

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Stay Updated!

Get the best of DIY to your inbox each week.

Latest Issue

April 2024

With Bob Vylan, St Vincent, girl in red, Lizzy McAlpine and more.

Read Now Buy Now Subscribe to DIY