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Quarterlight is the new project from Penetration’s Gary Chaplin. Fast securing a reputation for their attitude-ridden, exciting live shows, the band support Theatre of Hate at The Cluny, Newcastle on Wednesday 2nd November.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you, where are you from?
We are Quarterlight and we hail from Tyneside, Gateshead and County Durham. Formed in late 2015, the band is the current project from original Penetration guitarist Gary Chaplin.

What inspired you to first start making music?
The inspiration behind making music at this point in time was the need to react against the current climate of the omnipresent heritage culture .Quarterlight present an opposition in the form of challenging sound and vision belonging to nowhere in particular.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?
Any influences will be on a subconscious level as four minds converge and paint on a blank canvas with no predetermined direction. It really is laying down some noises and sculpt with the aid of the devices at hand.

How would you describe your sound?
The sound of Quarterlight is an organised chaos that is somehow held together by the band using traditional guitar, bass and drums, as well as samples, electronics and found sounds – all the while challenging the audience with its intensity, honesty and a philosophical presence.

Where do you see yourselves fitting into the local music scene?
Someone would have to define a music scene for us to decide if we are in or not. We play live locally but don’t see a focal point which would determine a scene and we approach this with a much more artistic intent than rock and roll.

Tell us a bit about your live performances. What can we expect from a gig by you?
Quarterlight live use a collection of sounds and images which disorientate the audience with slabs of noise juxtaposed with relentless melodies and rhythms which hook you in whilst at the same time make you question what you are hearing.

Can you tell us what gigs you have planned in the region in the near future?
The next performance for Quarterlight will be as one of two supports to Theatre of Hate at Newcastle Cluny on Wednesday 2nd November.

What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far?
The biggest achievement is taking an uncompromising approach to our music and having the courage of our convictions to tread our own path.

Have there been any major challenges so far in your musical career?
Challenges are from that uncompromising approach spoken of. We don’t provide the safety of familiarity, we provoke a reaction in people. We understand that it is esoteric, but when you reach people of an understanding the rewards are greater for both.

What else have you got planned for the future?
As for the future. Quarterlight is a truly collaborative venture – we believe in the marriage of sound and vision so for our first release expect a four track DVD in early 2017 with a limited edition vinyl release later in the year. Future live performances to include soundtracking films are planned for the new year as well as collaborations with like-minded performers


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