What is a rock and roll band? What is rock and roll? What is a band? What is a band for? Is rock and roll relevant? And to whom? What is relevance? Does it matter? Unanswered questions.
Quasi was formed in 1993 by Janet Weiss and Sam Coomes, in Portland Oregon. Since then, the band has toured the world (more or less) however many times, and released a number of well-regarded albums on several of the most respected American indie labels, including Up, Touch and Go, Kill Rock Stars, and Sub Pop, and internationally with longtime comrades Domino Records.
Concurrently, JW was a longtime member of Sleater-Kinney, as well as recording and/or touring with Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Bright Eyes, the Shins, Elliott Smith, the Go-Betweens, and others, and is currently also a member of Portland band Slang.
SC has worked with Elliott Smith, Built to Spill, Jandek, the Go-Betweens, and others, and has toured and recorded as a solo artist. He is also currently a member of Jon Spencer and the HITmakers.
Trivia!: Both Janet and Sam are two-time members of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame - JW for Quasi and Sleater-Kinney, and SC for Quasi and Heatmiser.