Kevin McQuiston

Kevin McQuiston

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Indie-tinged alt rock out of Philly... hopeful angry love songs. Kind of Match Box Twenty meets Sublime if they were sleeping with Coldplay.

Biography

Original indie-tinged alt rock

"The lyrics draw you in... the melodies invite you to stay."
-Laura Sherlock - WXPN/Musicians On Call

Philadelphia's indie-tinged alt rock band REFURB is a far cry from singer/songwriter Kevin McQuiston's acoustic pop sensibilities. After years fronting alternacoustic pop bands, McQuiston recruited a diverse group of musicians to fill the ranks of REFURB. But it almost didn't happen...

The road to success has a few bumps and turns. Having got close to getting signed with his last project, KMB then having their A&R rep leave the label was enough to cause McQuiston to take leave of the music industry... and enter an interfaith seminary in NYC.

"I was burned out and wanted to re-invent myself. I've always been spiritual, not necessarily religious and have been a Buddhist / Taoist for about 20 years. I'm always the guy everyone calls when they have a problem or need to talk, so I thought maybe I'd like to be a chaplain at a university."

After a year in the program, McQuiston had a realization.

"Number one, that's an awfully tight collar to wear... being defined solely by your spirituality. And two... I like being a rockstar."

Ron Telfor, REFURB's bass player, had played with McQuiston in his previous alternacoustic project KMB. Bumping into McQuiston on the street, Telfor asked 'where's the gig?' and suggested that a producer who had loved their previous work would be interested in doing a project. Telfor and producer Rudy McGlone brought in drummer Darnel Hillary, an ever buoyant rhythmist who's hip hop influences give REFURB's alt rock songs a decidedly unique sound.

Several guitar slingers were brought forth but the nod went to lead guitarist Matt Callahan, a singer/songwriter that McQuiston had become close friends with since giving him guitar lessons ten years earlier.

Armed with a slew of new “hopeful angry love songs� and a killer line-up, REFURB set out to make an EP with McGlone. After a couple of months and dozens of sessions it was decided to try tracking on their own. After several months of mixed results, the band decided to record their debut EP "Sway" at Range Recording Studio in Ardmore, PA.

"This has been the recording experience we have always wanted... that we have earned and deserve. Whatever happens with the record from here on out, I know it was worth it all. All the guys at Range, but especially our Producer/engineer Mike McCarthy, have been just awesome."

Due to overwhelming career commitments, Callahan was unable to continue past recording and Keyboardist / guitarist Kirk Abernathy now rounds out the line-up. Abernathy had played in several projects with Hillary and Telfor and is considered by many to be one of the heavyweights of the East Coast. The addition has made for a dynamic live show.

REFURB's debut EP "Sway" is due for October release 2008, with gigs currently in NYC and Philly. Touring is slated to start in November 2008.

For booking contact:
Matt Thompson 610-745-7899 Middleman1974@hotmail.com
Kevin McQuiston 484-716-4496 kevin@refurbrock.com
www.RefurbRock.com www.myspace.com/Refurb

Lyrics

Not Today

Written By: Kevin McQuiston

Not Today
words & music by Kevin McQuiston & Lacey Snell
luvkev songs © 2008 ASCAP

One of these days you're gonna wake up
To me and no one else.
One of these days we're gonna find out
If you really are top shelf
One of these days I'm gonna be the guy
And not somebody else.
But not today. No not today.

One of these days I'm gonna have a drink
Without you on my mind.
One of these days I won't have to think
It's a shame, it's a crime.
One of these days you won't reduce me to
My age and bottom line.
But not today. No not today...

You say 'when I'm done with this I'm
smokin' in the kitchen.�
I drink you in, tatooed skin
Soft skin in your kitchen, in your kitchen.
But not today. No not today...

One of these days I'm gonna buy the ring
And get down on one knee.
One of these days you'll see I walk the talk.
Big to you is big to me.
One of these days it's the top of the world.
You are Everest, I'm Hillery.
But not today. No not today...

Just Because

Written By: Kevin McQuiston

Just Because
words & music by Kevin McQuiston
luvkev songs © 2008 ASCAP

You should have kissed me
On your front step that night.
We got in trouble, kept you out late on my bike.
And I took you to see the pretty city lights.
You pressed against my back,
your hands resting on my thighs.
And you know you almost kissed me that night...

They say it's all timing.
Maybe with us that might be true.
You had a boyfriend, I had a girlfriend
But it's over, done, it's through.
And we've been flirting for a very long long time.
You're all alone now, and you know so am I.
And I find I'm thinking 'bout you all the time...

Just because you are funny.
Just because you are fine.
Just because you're smart and sexy.
Just because you make me smile.
Just because written on your flowers
Thought you might like a surprise.
Just because you ought to kiss me sometime...

You're a friend of an old friend
Of an ex-girlfriend of mine.
She gets all jumpy,
thinks we're spending too much time.
And it's funny when you do the things you do.
Draw me in then poke me with a stick, it's true.
That you can't help feeling all the things you do...

Just because you are funny.
Just because you are fine.
Just because of your southern accent
You wear your t-shirts' a little tight.
Just because of all the things
you find uncomfortable to say.
Just because the feeling just dont go away...

This is the part where we write the bridge
Talk about how messed up the whole thing is.
I know you like to boss me get in my head.
I just know I love to be in your bed...

Just because you are funny.
Just because you are fine.
Just because you're smart and sexy.
Just because you make me smile.
Just because I want to hold you.
Just because you know I won't.
Just because I wanna kiss you
You wish I would and hope I don't.
Just because you should've kissed me that night.
Just because you should've kissed me that night.
Just because you ought to kiss me sometime... tonight.

You or Someone Like You

Written By: Kevin McQuiston

You or Someone Like You
words & music by Kevin McQuiston
luvkev songs © 2008 ASCAP

White smoke blowing off the back wheel of my bike
As I left your place, baby, late last night.
And I know someone else could take my mind off you.
Happy hour hookup night, take my mind off you.

And I just want some time with you
Or someone like you.
I first got to find you
Or someone like you.
I get no peace of mind with you
Or someone like you.
I...

Seems like a lot of heavy lifting to just be friends.
Going nice and easy then you talk shit the moment ends.
The silence seems to drag between us for weeks and weeks.
My wounded heart ain't bleeding for you but it still leaks.

And I still want some time with you
Or someone like you.
I first got to find you
Or someone like you.
I don't seem to mind you
Or someone like you.
I...

Everybody Likes You

Written By: Kevin McQuiston

Everybody Likes You
words & music by Kevin McQuiston
luvkev songs © 2007 ASCAP

Never see it coming,
Venom wrapped up in a smile.
They think you're only funning
until you look them in the eye.
They wonder what you're doing,
Never call you on your crime.
Only keeps you gunning
Till there's no one left to die.
Don't you know it's true...?
Except for the things that you do...
Everybody likes you.
Everybody likes you.

Know when you're cumming,
Hear it from the rooftops.
While you're on the phone,
You ain't never gonna stop.
Thruster's in motion,
The things you do for fun.
Your roulette is Russian,
Love the bullet, love the gun.
Don't you know it's true...?
'Cept for the things that you do...
Everybody likes you.
Everybody likes you.

Discography

Debut EP "Sway" release date November 29, 2008

Set List

Try Not To Think
superman
Too much for you
You or someone like u
everything comes dwn
long train running
believe
patience
Not Today
Call Me Home
just because
everybody likes u