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Quarkspace
Quarkspace
Label: Eternity's Jest Records
Genre: Rock / Experimental
Online: Artist Website
 

Bio

quarkspace was formed in 1984 and was originally called Quark! "Space" was added later to stave off any potential lawsuits by a certain software company. College classmates - Jay Swanson on keys, and Kevin Wherry on bass were joined by the brother of a classmate - Darren Gough (guitar). They proceeded to work on cover material, planning to play frat parties and local bars.

Fledgling singer-songwriter Chet Santia soon joined along with Darren's classmate, Paul Williams on drums. Whilst slaving over cover tunes by Zappa, Camel, Neil Young, Talking Heads, etc., plus a few originals - a knack for communal space jams became apparent.

They spent 1985 playing those frat parties and local bars, along with some legendary parties at the home of a few band members and hippies called "The Hidden Moon".

Paul and Chet both left in early 1986 to concentrate on school. The other members continued for about a year with another singer and a couple of drummers before Quark! went dormant for a period. In the interim, Jay released a couple of cassettes of homespun keyboard music. Paul played in a few bands (including the almost legendary New Druids) and released an ambient space solstice-music cassette that once was the first release from Eternity's Jest Records..

Dave Wexler had spent several years writing songs and playing guitar in bands along the west coast before meeting Paul in 1991. Quarkspace released it’s first CD in 1996 with Dave (and others) appearing as a guest. By the time spacefolds 2 was released, Dave became the newest member of the band. Since then quarkspace has done several successful live performances (including appearances at Strange Daze 97 & 98 with Hawkwind and some of the other best American spacerock bands, including Alien Planetscapes, Architectual Metaphor, F/i, Melting Euphoria, Pressurehed, ST37, Born to Go, etc). Their second CD, Live Orion, was recorded at the first Orion Spacerock festival. It was named the 3rd best Psychedelic/Spacerock Album of 1998 by the French-canadien Avant-garde radio show, Delire Musical. It also finished #53 on the Gagliarchives Top 100 Progressive albums of 1998.