The chants of “QUANTA RULES,” and “DRUM SOLO!!!” still permeated the crowd long after QUANTA left the stage.
Blessid Union of Souls was about to start their show, yet the crowd still wanted more from the trio of John Carroll seniors.
QUANTA’s debut full-length album, “Have Moved You,” is a culmination of hard work and dedication since the group’s start in 1999.
Originally named “Up Front,” QUANTA is made up of lead vocalist and guitarist Ryan “Rybo” Mekota, drummer Conor “CD” Doyle and bassist and backup vocalist Patrick “Sweddy” McNulty, all seniors at John Carroll.
“We all picked our instruments randomly,” Doyle recalled, “actually, Rybo was supposed to play drums and I was going to play guitar. Good thing it worked out the way it did!”
Veterans of the local music scene, QUANTA has performed with notable artists such as Pepper, Hot Action Cop, Blessid Union of Souls and Ekoostik Hookah.
When asked about the decision to commit to such a large project, Mekota said it was decision time.
“Do we let this go when we graduate or do we really try and see where we can take this? So far the response to the album has been encouraging.”
The album itself, a 12 track compilation, is layered thick with energy and emotion.
It’s an eclectic, connected mesh of genres, from the electronic-influenced ‘Dicey Neighborhood’ to the delta blues of ‘Sun Means Rain.’
QUANTA preserves catchy sing-along choruses set with refreshing maturity.
The album’s first single, “A Will,” features an upbeat melody, impressive percussion play and a gospel influenced hook, “falling down the river/while the water rises,” which crowds have fervently sang along to.
“Niche,” is a favorite of longtime QUANTA fans which features extended guitar solos, showing off Mekota’s talent.
The album title “Have Moved You” features intoxicating guitar play and changing melodies, and serves as an ideal single, capable of being a hit song.
Showing off true versatility, “Hero” and “Calls Weakening” feature heavy rock guitar riffs that really get a crowd going, while “To Those Who Wrest” and “Through the Night” settle into a ballad, restrained tempo, dripping with emotion.
For a debut album, “Have Moved You” shows surprising musical range and multiple potential singles.
It’s safe to say that QUANTA is on their way up the musical food-chain, backed by a loyal and growing fan base.
“I really like their versatility,” said senior Casey Eskew, “when you look at songs like ‘Calls Weakening’ and ‘When I Look’ against each other, they are noticeably different genres, and that takes real talent.”
QUANTA has the potential to leave their mark on the music scene and “Have Moved You” is a must have for any music collection and can be found on amazon.com.
For more information on the band including audio, video, news and media visit www.quantamusic.net or www.myspace.com/quanta.