COME EARLY! $4.50 Bottles of Boh/Pilsner, $4 hi-balls/$6 doubles between 9:30pm – 11pm.
N.Q.Arbuckle is the unassuming band nudging its way to the bar of great Canadian music.
The bar room prophet himself, Neville Quinlan is clever and modest. You could become his drinking buddy simply by showing up at one of his haunts and sidling next to him for a few pints, a cigarette and easy conversation. Mark Kesper is easygoing and maintains the wheel of the N.Q. touring vehicle. Pete Kesper on guitar is a leo, likes surprises and is quick to admit he’s only in it because he likes the music. No illusions of fame and glory. John Dinsmore on bass is the definition of calm but he carries a big stick. Jason Sniderman is the newest Arbuckler and has been welcomed into the mess after 7 years and 2 albums. When asked more questions about themselves, the five reluctant heroes of alt-country seem to retreat into self-deprecating humour and go back to their drinks. Overheard at NXNE in 2005 “These are guys I want to be friends with”.
The lyrics take you from lamplit Parkdale streets to your local bar where the regulars are waiting. Nevilles voice acts as sandpaper making rough things smooth and smooth things rough. Brief love affairs are epic and a road trip with pals lasts three minutes. The loping rhythms are drenched in tasty cowboy Guitar licks and barroom Piano; they create an urban wild west sound. The songs are lyrical and gritty and are snapshots of sweetness and loss seen through a few bottles of beer.