QUILT was formed in late 2008 in Boston, MA.
Shane Butler, Anna Fox Rochinski and Taylor McVay met at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and spent the next couple of years honing a strange yet magnetic ramshackle sound in the smoke-filled basements and living rooms of Jamaica Plain and Allston. They released a home-made tape in 2009, touring DIY style around the northeast in a 1993 Buick Roadmaster.
In Spring/Summer 2010, the trio recorded a collection of seven songs in the home of Jesse Gallagher, in Cambridge. The following winter, after Taylor’s amicable departure from Quilt, John Andrews was recruited and subsequently plucked from the suburbs of New Jersey to join the band on a tour to SXSW.
It was around this time that those seven songs had made their way to the big guy’s desk at Mexican Summer records in Brooklyn, via former Captured Tracks label manager Katie Garcia (a friend from the college years in Boston). The band returned to Cambridge and recorded three more songs, now with the songwriting input and drumming from John.
Quilt’s self-titled ten-song debut was released in November 2011 on Mexican Summer to positive reviews from critics and the band began touring in support of the record on and off for the next year or so.
Their following record, Held In Splendor, was recorded in Brooklyn with producer Jarvis Taveniere. Released in early 2014, the album ushered in another year of near-constant touring. The trio recruited New Hampshire-based bassist Keven Lareau for their live shows.
Nearly two years later, Quilt’s third full-length record, Plaza, will see the light of day on February 26th, 2016. Lead singles “Eliot St” and “Roller” have been met with praise and the group has full US and Europe tours lined up.
The band considers itself a New York-based band that formed in Boston.
The 4 members reside in Brooklyn, Upstate New York, and New Hampshire.
And as lovely as it was to tour in a 20-foot station wagon with faux-wood panelling, they eventually upgraded to a 12 passenger Chevy Express van. His name is Big Earl.
Video & Press
Perfect Cover: For Their Latest Album, Quilt Stitch Together Music and Visual Art
[The Village Voice] By Katherine Turman Shane Butler is debating the semantic difference between solitude and loneliness. Perched on a boulder in Chelsea Riverside Park, the vocalist and guitarist of Massachusetts-bred psych-folk band Quilt has just taken in an exhibit of Ken Price’s works on paper, which are on display at the nearby Matthew Marks […]
Pitchfork Review: Quilt ‘Plaza’
[Pitchfork] The third album from indie/psych/folk quartet Quilt offers a rebuttal to all those people who argue that every artist steals. Some, like Quilt, know the difference between stealing from and honoring their influences. When a band reaches into its box of old demos on hitting the third-album mark, that’s usually a sign that either […]
Quilt Explains Its New Album, ‘Plaza,’ Track By Track
[NPR] By Bob Boilen There is new music from Quilt and that makes me happy. The band’s third album, which is out next week on Feb. 26, is called Plaza, and its winsome, wandering electric folk thrills my late-1960s soul. The songs on Plaza, a combination of brand new material and newly invigorated older tunes, […]