Quasi – “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

“Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler” is the second to last track on Quasi’s eighth album American Gong, but according to its Titanic-themed Clyde Peterse-directed video, it’s the end-all finale. The Portland institution of vocalist/guitarist Same Coomes and ex-wife/Sleater-Kinney drummer/vocalist Janet Weiss (and since 2007, bassist Joanna Bolme) are experts of a certain strain of old-school Pacific Northwest indie rock, the kind that focuses on the “rock.” Not grunge, though … remember Hazel? Or if Built To Sill were from Olympia and not just putting out records from a label housed there. That said, this one nails a different nostalgia.

“We’re all children of the selfsame star / All adrift on the selfsame boat / All gonna drown if this thing can’t float…”

Quasi – “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouller”

American Gong is out via Kill Rock Stars. Here’s another AG track, “Repulsion,” to give you a different angle. It’s not a Dinosaur cover, but there are plenty of loud guitars in it.

Quasi – “Repulsion”

The band’s in the midst of a tour:

03/22 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar *
03/23 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
03/25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
03/26 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
03/27 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir *
04/15 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club #
04/16 – Madison, WI @ Annex #
04/18 – Toronto, ONT @ Horsehoe Tavern #
04/19 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore #
04/20 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East #
04/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom #
04/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s #
04/24 – Washington, DC @ The Black Cat #
04/26 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle #
04/28 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree #
04/29 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge #
04/30 – Newport, KY @ The Southgate House #
05/01 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall #
05/31 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival

* w/ Explode Into Colors
# w/ Let s Wrestle