When: Fri., Nov. 12, 10 p.m. 2010
Shark Quest hasn't released a proper album since 2004's beautiful, languid Gods & Devils; the slinking, serpentine instrumental quartet hadn't played a show in almost that long before they hit a Carrboro stage last month. When asked to explore their catalogue for the fifth-anniversary concert for local visual arts organization Minus Sound Research, they agreed.
"We stopped for various reasons. I went back to school, you know. And Chuck [Johnson, guitarist] went back to school several years ago," says multi-instrumentalist Sara Bell. "We took a breather."
Shark Quest wasn't inactive during the breather, at least. When asked to score the Rocaterrania, a documentary about eccentric artist Renaldo Kuhler, the band tweaked its writing process and allowed each member to start songs and pass the pieces to the rest of the group for additional parts. The work took more than a year, and the results are the only bit of the Shark Quest discography that the new band—which replaces Johnson with guitarist Kevin Dixon—has yet to explore. Though those pieces weren't written for the stage, Bell hopes this new Shark Quest will not only try them but write new material, too. After all, starting again seemed so easy.
"It had been six years since we played our last show, and we were all a little nervous," she says. "But it didn't take that much time to fall into it and remember everything." —Grayson Currin