LIVE: Quadron, teletextile, Cameo Gallery, Brooklyn

by Winston "Stone" Ford

Last week, Brooklyn was in for a treat, as we had the opportunity to bring Quadron to the stage for the first time in months. Coming off of festival apperences at UCLA Jazz Fest and The Roots Picnic, the Danish band was set to play a nice, sold out, intimate gig for 200+ screaming fans.

But before Quadron took the stage, they were warmed up by the Brooklyn band teletextile. Led by multi-instrumentalist Pamela Martinez (who one fan thought was Coco of Quadron), the group’s mix of indie sounds (complimented by Martinez’ skills on the harp, Rhodes, and violin) was downright impressive. It’s a band that you really can’t put in a box–once song is a beautiful harp lullaby while the other a soulful ditty on the Rhodes. However, the band isn’t doing too much, and all of the tones delightfully blend together.

It was clear that the band has won some fans and who knows what is in store for the future–a Martinez/Coco collaboration perhaps?

After a short break, it was time for the main event.

It’s clear from the jump that Quadron is going places. Their sound is bolder, and every show I see them play, they get more confident and mature. Lead singer Coco has emerged into a dynamic frontwoman (not that she wasn’t before), taking control of the set from start fo finish. With the addition of a drummer, their new songs sound better than ever–the music pops. However it’s the new music that really blew me away.

Quadron gave us the opportunity to hear 3 new songs from their upcoming album and honesty I still haven’t picked my jaw up off the ground. Their new sound is more upbeat, and heavily influenced by Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall more than anything. With a disco backbeat, the new music is sure to make the band stand out.

After the show we talked about “growing up” with a band. We remember seeing some of our favorite bands in a room of 50 people and now they’re playing arenas. Quadron is definitely on that track.

Our little band has grown up.

  • Poindexter (the JSE)