Release Date: Dec 8, 2017
Record label: Dirty Hit
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
New York city hasn't ever been short of defining albums. They've arrived in all shapes and sizes, with the Big Apple's roll call of talent including, to name a few, The Velvet Underground, Ramones, Nas, Blondie and The Strokes. Each of those acts' defining albums realise the city in their own special way, slotting succinctly into New York's unrivalled canon of records.
Initially formed as a home for The 1975, its roster has grown to include some of the most exciting bands in the country, including Wolf Alice, Pale Waves and The Japanese House. Latest signings QTY are Dirty Hit's first singings from the US, bringing a quintessential East Coast sound to the label for the first time, and continuing its reputation as a sure sign of quality. From the opening blast of last year's single "Rodeo" it's clear that QTY's self-titled debut slots perfectly into the mould of classic New York City rock records: its combination of sharp, inquisitive melodies and laconic vocal delivery shares the same roots as bands from the Velvet Underground to The Strokes.
Arriving with plenty of laid-back swagger and street-smart lyricism, indie rock outfit QTY offer up their Bernard Butler-produced debut via the Dirty Hit label. Formed in 2014, QTY grew out of the partnership of singers/guitarists Dan Lardner and Alex Niemetz, two New York natives who had already cut their teeth together in another band, Grand Rapids. After recording some demos with a friend in San Francisco, they were quickly signed to U.K.
Y ou almost pity anyone starting a band in New York. But the city's history is more of an asset than a burden to Qty, an intriguing duo on their debut album who expand to a foursome live. On songs such as Michael, singing guitarist Dan Lardner channels all his deadpan heroes - Lou Reed, Julian Casablancas - while lead guitarist and backing vocalist Alex Niemetz provides just-so solos.