The Quilts has today released their new single and video titled ‘Time’. It’s 8 AM as this goes live. Fourteen years ago the journey that became the song ‘Time’ began. The song shows the beautiful patina that nourished this track musically, lyrically, spiritually. And it shows. It shows in all of its pits, holes, and chips. Because that’s what makes us beautiful. That patina that inherently binds to us and shows our flaws and strengths.
Having to go through a similar issue with my father at the time of this writing as guitarist Steven Altonen did with his (in my case, Parkinson’s and Dementia), I feel a bond to this song that one gets when relating to a fellow musician and artist because those are the people who turn our pain and lives into expression for all. They interpret and share with art. As much as a canvas is for art, silence is for music. ‘Time’ fills the space with feeling and love.
‘Time’ is the follow-up to their well-received, powerful song and video for, “Sweet Molasses”. The Ohio foursome have, once again, exemplified how to evoke strong emotion through song with their unique blend of alternative rock and blues-based rock n’ roll.
The Quilts are Chris Scott (lead vocals), Steven Altonen (guitar), Mike Hennel (drums) and Doug Roskovics (bass).
Altonen says, “I wrote the genesis of “Time” fourteen years ago, the morning after a red eye flight from Cleveland to Minneapolis. I had flown in to Cleveland for a long weekend to play a show with a band I loved and to spend some time golfing with my uncles, cousin, and father. Before I flew back to Minneapolis, my father informed me that he was diagnosed with a terminal disease and did not have long to live. This weighed on me and I spent the morning back in Minneapolis crafting this song as a coping mechanism to deal with the weight of this situation.” He continues, “Miraculously, my father is still alive. I happened to shelve the song a number of years ago and when we were starting this project, going through some of the back catalogue of unreleased material, Chris was interested in this song. I explained to him the meaning and genesis of this and we turned it into less of a song of lament and more of a song championing the power of life and our increasing awareness of our limited time here on this earth.”
“Time” was written and produced by Chris Scott and Steven Altonen. It was originally recorded and engineered by Altonen at his studio in Cincinnati, OH.
Super Producer/Engineer Chuck Alkazian (Pop Evil, Soundgarden, Tantric) edited, mixed and co-produced the track’s final version at legendary Pearl Sound Studios (Asking Alexandria, Eminem, Filter) in Canton, MI.