John-Severin and The Quiet 1s are comprised of half of the members of NY cult heroes, The Brooklyn What. John, Doug, and Jesse, have played in various bands for almost 10 years, including, The Black Tie Party, Mollify, The Rocksteady Explosion, The Tape Deck Disaster, and The JFE. In addition, the band features singer/guitarist Saruh Lacoff, who's pristine vocals through the distortion. John-Severin and The Quiet 1s have a wide range of influences. From Sonic Youth to Otis Redding, The Jesus & Mary Chain to Prince. The Quiet 1s have a fierce, in-your face sound, but do not shy away from a more nuanced songwriting; going between loud fuzzy rockers, and more softly complex compositions.
Doug Carey: Bass
Jesse Katz: Drums
Saruh Lacoff: Vocals/Guitar
Get Quiet EP [Pozar Records, 2009]
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Concert Review: John-Severin & the Quiet 1s at Fontana's, NYC 9/5/09
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John-Severin’s guitar and voice are already a prevalent part of the Brooklyn What’s “… For Borough P...John-Severin’s guitar and voice are already a prevalent part of the Brooklyn What’s “… For Borough President” album [Lucid Culture's pick for best album of 2009 so far], providing melodic yet wild lead guitar on songs like “She Gives Me Spasms” and “Summer Song” as well as his own “50 Days”, a dark, brooding rocker with a great, moody Cure-like vocal. In his own project John-Severin and the Quiet 1s he puts his vocal, guitar and songwriting skills all on the line, which makes for a very moving performance. Backed by the powerful Brooklyn What rhythm section of bassist Doug Carey and drummer Jesse Katz as well as second guitar and harmony vocal by Sairuh Lacoff, the Quiet 1s are an ensemble to be reckoned with.
Saturday night in the basement of Fontana’s, after two painful Jack Johnson/Jason Mraz wannabe singer/songwriter groups, the Quiet 1s hit the stage like a bolt of lightning, bringing much needed energy to the room. They opened with the seriously catchy rocker “Prince St.” the first track off their recent “Get Quiet” ep. The next song “Sucked In” was another piece of propulsive power-pop, recalling Green Day, Weezer and the glory days of 90’s alt-rock. Lacoff provides a great vocal foil for John-Severin, who already has a quite pretty voice for a man – their harmonies together are spot on, and they get the maximum effect out of a doubled vocal line.
“Never Love Nobody Else” is a newer, vicious tune which sort of sounds like the White Stripes covering “She’s Not There,” in which the band let loose its more aggressive side, John-Severin wailing with his new Big Muff pedal and sounding a bit like J. Mascis. Another more kick-ass number, “Hold Your Tongue” is a more Chuck Berry/punk rock influenced track, featuring a great call-and response-vocal between John and the band. The duets, the original “I’ll Be Around” and their cover of “My Girl” had Sairuh stepping out and showing her vocal prowess, the usually raucous rhythm section laying back like Motown pros. Another soul-influenced song, “Just Want A Girl Who Wants To Dance With Me” was a killer, sounding like a “My Aim Is True” outtake with an infectious vamped chorus and a drum solo by the wily Jesse Katz. A unexpected and fun cover of the Misfits’ “When Eagles Dare” closed the show, evoking the Bratmobile version more than the butch original, in which John Severin proclaimed that he ain’t no goddamn son-of-a-bitch. The “Get Quiet” EP and John’s first solo EP “Look, the Lows” are available now on Pozar Records, be sure to check it out for a rare example of contemporary indie rock/power-pop that can kick your ass and tug at your heartstrings at the same time.
Our sets usually run between 35 minutes-45 minutes, but we can play longer.
typical set list-
Never Love Nobody Else
Raymond Joshua is Dead
This Is Something You Knew Years Ago
I'll Be Around
Something You'll Get Over
All I Really Want
Far Gone and Out- Jesus and Mary Chain
Purple Rain- Prince
This Year- Mountain Goats
My Girl- The Temptations
There are no upcoming dates at this time.