Quasi, When the Going Gets Dark

Douglas Wolk

By Douglas Wolk

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

When the Going Gets Dark

A power duo fights the death culture blues.

Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss and singer-guitarist Sam Coomes (her ex-husband; check out his old band the Donner Party) make up Quasi, a duo that sounds like an armored legion. They've got one foot in the grandeur of classic rock (that guitar solo on "Invisible Star" is long-haired and proud of it), and the other in the indie gutter. Coomes and Weiss have been recording in their own Portland studio for the last few years, and this album, their seventh, is their most stompingly pissed-off and embittered: at political liars, at personal betrayals, at the "death culture blues."