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About QUARTERBACKS

While living in New Paltz, New York, songwriter Dean Engle began Quarterbacks as a minimal punk-pop band, playing his fast, devotional pop tunes on guitar while a friend backed him up playing a drum kit consisting of only a snare. This incarnation of the band was short-lived, playing only a few basement shows before fading out of sight. Engle regrouped in 2012, bringing the rhythm section of Max Restaino and Tom Christie into the fold and expanding the more stripped-down early version of the band into a high-energy twee pop power trio playing at manic punk tempos. Engle's romantic and sometimes charmingly naive songs spilled out at a prolific rate, due in part to their economical song structures, usually clocking in at less than two minutes. The band played locally for the next two years, writing more songs and releasing some of them on various cassettes, including the 2014 release Quarterboy, which essentially served as a set of demos for their proper debut. Over the course of a 12-hour recording session in 2014, Quarterbacks tracked 19 songs that would make up their 22-minute self-titled debut full-length. The album was released early the next year on Team Love Records. ~ Fred Thomas

ORIGIN
New Paltz, New York
FORMED
2011

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