Sam, Bella, Michael and Holly are Quivers, a band which make cathartic guitar pop that jangles and shimmers somewhere between 1980s Australia and 1990s America and somehow sounds like the present. Started in Hobart before moving to Melbourne, the band first toured their life-damaged but hopeful debut, We'll Go Riding on the Hearses (Hotel Motel Records) around Australia, Canada and NZ. It lyrically deals with love and loss after losing a brother in a free-diving accident. It found its way to NPR’ Music's cult-favourite All Songs Considered who said it “turned an unimaginable tragedy into a celebration of spirit that ranks among the year's better rock albums”. NPR named Quivers a Slingshot “Best Emerging Artist” and put next single, “You’re Not Always On My Mind” on their Austin 100 SXSW preview, whilst KEXP’s John Richards described it as one of the best songs he’d heard “in years” and invited the band to perform a filmed live session in their studio. “You’re Not Always On My Mind” went on to be the most played of 2019 on KEXP’s morning show.
Live, Quivers are in their element. Austin 360 described the band as “evidence of Australia’s strength at the (SXSW) fest this year, a co-ed act … with instantly memorable choruses and a vocal sweep that sometimes included all members singing”. So far the band has performed at Dark MOFO, Panama, By The Meadow, Mullum & Grampians Music Festivals, as well as supported the likes of Holy Holy, Angie McMahon and Cloud Control. Following the SXSW2020 that never was, and the cancellation of their first 21-date tour of the USA (due to Covid-19) Quivers released their take on R.E.M’s Out of Time, commissioned by Seattle based label, Turntable Kitchen in December of 2020. Quivers are now set to release their second album in June of 2021, triumphantly and tentatively called, Golden Doubt via beloved indie labels, Spunk Records (AU/NZ), Ba Da Bing Records (US/UK) and Bobo Integral (EU/ASIA).
Sam Nicholson - guitar/vox
Bella Quinlan - bass/vox
Holly Thomas - drums/vox
Michael Panton - guitar/vox