Quasilulu

Quasilulu

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Quasilulu is a female-fronted, fun, inventive, virtuosic rock band that will get you banging your head and humming along!

Biography

Quasilulu is a female-fronted rock band that makes sounds, statements and grooves that often defy traditional labes; a live band that balances and finesses intricate rhythms with simple, deep pocket patterns, rangy power vocals with subtle whisperings, and as bonus, an electric violinist that plays her fiddle like a Fender Strat. This is a band that can rock hard and fast, as well as deliver the sweet and simple pop tune.

Inspired by girl friend, Julie Danao, who wrote songs as easy as she breathed, Rona Figueroa decided to buy herself a guitar and try her own hand at songwriting. At Sam Ash she found an acoustic guitar, and with the help of her young salesman, signed up for a few guitar lessons. The salesman, sensing an opportunity, told her that he, a guitarist, and his drummer friend were looking for a lyricist-singer-in-one...would whe be interested in jamming? Yes. With a background in writing and singing, this was quite a serendipitous opportunity to fuse her two favorite hobbies.

After a few sessions with the two guys, melodies and lyrics of her own started to erupt in her head. Instead of just bringing in lyrics to match already created guitar hooks, Rona started to bring in full songs. Soon a couple of her other musician friends, drummer, Damien Bassman and bass player, Mat Fieldes, with whom she'd performed on multiple gigs in other people's projects, heard about her new songwriting habit and bugged her to use them. It was about a month of jamming when Rona started to sense that the vibe of the original salesman/guitar player and drummer duo was not quite in sync with her new original tunes. Awakening to the idea that perhaps she could lead her own band and decide on style and sound herself, Rona regrouped with her friends Damien and Mat and brought along the salesman, Matt Grossman, as her guitar player.
As it so happened, a friend from the West Coast just moved into town. Coleen Gonzales was co-front girl in their old Top 40's cover band in San Francisco where they spent college weekends singing in hotel ballrooms and fancy halls. Now that she was in New York City, would she be interested in singing back-ups in this newly forming project? Yes. Also within that slim time frame, Rona met Lyris Hung in a dance club who introduced herself as knowing almost all the musician friends in Rona's life (as they had all attended Juilliard together). She said she played the violin. without ever hearing a note, Rona asked if she'd like to be part of her band. Yes, she said. Enter Quasilulu. In the Spring of '03 Ernie Fortunato replaced Matt Grossman as lead electric guitarist.

Lyrics

Atlantis

Written By: Rona Figueroa

ATLANTIS (uncut original version)

Floating out in space
there we watched the race
Something's come undone
We had too much fun
Let us take a look
So much has mistook
So much has mistook
Riots in the park
Women fighting hard
Cops smile in the sun
Do they give a dung?
Do they give a dung?
but they'll shoot a pac man
if he's got a black tan

Hookers back in charge
42n'd large
Homeless at my feet
singing mighty sweet
singing mighty sweet
No one bothers now
Just throw your garbage down
Smell the pissy streaks
Ah, New York City
Ah, New York City
if you pay the Empire
you can live above the mire

Thank you for your dime
What'd you have in mind
Passion goes astray
Leave you with a plague
Leave you with a plague
Young guns in the street
Who's the enemy?
How it came to this
don't ask Mr. Bish
don't ask Mr. Bish
money can't buy
Freedom goes awry!
Has it come to that?

Please take me back
Please take me back

Fleeting as the sun
boy, you'd better run
Sinking to the sea
Poor society
Poor society
That's why we esacape
to our spatial place
Hope to see you there
in your underwear
in your underwear
if you touch me now
I will take my bow.

Meditations

Written By: Rona Figueroa

MEDITATIONS

Meditating on my life
Listening in on what beats inside me
Watching how a flower dies
Letting emptiness and light revise me
And like everyone I stumble through
Fumble in the dark for something true
Hoping I don't blaze a trail of pain
Flash of wisdom here and there is all I hope to gain

Singing in the summer rain
I don't care if stray dogs will bite me
Kicking puddles in a game
Shrugging love like Holly Golightly
Spirit free and Spirit full of grace
In this solitude I feel my space
Hold this moment so that I may see
Let the moment go
Oh well, let it be

I'd like to try to say goodbye
No glint of selfish fool winking in my eye
A practice space, your warm embrace
Sends me off to walk the world in courageous ways

I see Paris and Japan
I see mermen in the underwater
Write my secrets in the sand
Then the wind blows and the secrets alter
In the undertow I lose my feet
Try to hold the reeds but hands are weak
Letting panic go I feel my weight
Buoyed up to surface and jetted into space

I'd like to fly across the sky
spy the view of Venus from Orion's side
I'd like to fade into a page
of flowers falling on Colonel Buendia's grave
I'd like to sing to tyrant kings
and Presidents, remind them what forgiveness means
If Nature can embrace the man
then tell me why man keeps eliminating man?

Loneliness, save me from you.
Dark hearts don't bleed, isn't true.

Laughing aching having fun
Learning breaking feeling fooled by lovers
Lying chasing keeping mum
Crying coughing and outrunning hunters
When I sort my dreams and fears in sleep
I pray Morphee comes to meet and greet
Restless spirit of this wandering waif
From the traps of sullen, prithee keep me safe

Discography

EP - self-titled Quasilulu album 2003

Set List

Our typical NYC set list material rotates, as our sets usually run 50 minutes to an hour, and we have enough original material to fill more than three hours. We also have some covers which we throw in here and there, most popular of which are Living Color's "Cult of Personality" and Queen's "Stone Cold Crazy".