To call it a hectic year for Quartered would be an understatement for the quintet natives of Vancouver, British Columbia. At a point in time when the group was in a stagnant creative state, had many of life’s responsibilities adding more and more pressure and facing an uncertain future ahead, along came the unexpected.
During the mid-point of 2009, Quartered seemed to ultimately be at a standstill and wondered if there was anything that could be done to bring them closer to the level of success they dreamed of achieving. By seeking new inspirations from within and around them and teaming up with producer Ben Kaplan to work on their highly acclaimed and yet appropriately named album, “Walks like a Ghost”, vocalist Greggor Williams, drummer Scotty Miller, bassist Craig Rudder, and guitarists Jeff Wang and Todd Sanft would make a change happen. “Walks like a Ghost” represents a certain state of loneliness combined with a plethora of questions regarding one’s own existence, forcing them into a self-induced prison. So many times before, I found myself in a deep struggle, not only with myself but with the things closest to me. After a certain period of time I walked around like a ghost for what felt like no reason whatsoever. I was literally stuck in between the void of reality and what I had fabricated myself into believing… you lose a lot, not just yourself,” admits Quartered’s front man Greggor Williams.
Laying the last of their hearts on the line, Quartered searched deep within their creative psyches to record an album in February of 2010 that would ultimately produce something they would be proud of. A combined chemistry of articulated, thunderous drumming, a flood of driving imaginative bass, the quake of harmonious guitars and a gale storm of scorched, crooning vocals would amalgamate the five piece into a whole. “We’re now at a time and place where we are seeing the bigger picture through a single lens and that’s an achievement in itself. It just feels right,” says Williams with a confident smile.
Passion, dedication, belief, and a sense of purpose once again would see the “once kids from the suburbs” overseas earlier this year to play with metal pioneers Lamb of God and Testament along with their good friends Slapshock at “Pulp Summer Slam 10” in Manila, Philippines; a slight change from the small local bars they we’re used to. In the wake of this tour, the group came back to tour Canada in support of their new album. Upon arriving home, they saw a distribution deal from music label Thorny Bleeder Records, advertising campaigns from Dickie’s Clothing, and endorsements from Godin Guitars, Red Horse Beer, and RJP guitar studios. “We’re staring into the face of a successful year with more achievements underneath our belts than ever before. This is what our album was supposed to be about, us getting out there and “playing ball” with the best of them. We’ve been around in the scene for awhile now, and we’ve seen some great bands part ways with each other. It was enough to scare me into thinking that that was what almost happened with us, but here we are still fighting, so there must be a reason as to why it’s happening. We feel very lucky to be given this opportunity to prove ourselves once more” humbly stated Williams as he breathed a sigh of relief.
With 2010 almost in the past, Quartered is currently touring and looking into greater possibilities for 2011 in order to make it an even better year than the last.
Band MembersGreg Williams - Vox
Joph Wang - Guitar
Todd Sanft - Guitar/vox
Crudder - Bass
Scotty9 - Drums