Quadra Sound: Bringing Classic Rock to the Modern Era

Small Island Band With A Big Island Sound

Kristy O'Regan / 19 July 2019

“One of the most exciting up and coming bands in western Canada that I have heard,” Malcom-Owen, Flood Music Producer/Lead Guitarist for Band of Rascals says Quadra Sound has, “energetic riffs, captivating vocals, and a rock and roll attitude to back it up.”

Quadra Sound are the band to check out live when you have a chance. They have all the qualities you need in a rock band to truly stand out amongst the crowd.

The Sound of Quadra Sound

Back in the late 80’s, Axl Rose had one of the most distinctive voices in rock ‘n roll, being gritty, over the top and with a vocal range putting most others of his caliber to shame.

It is now 2019, and I do believe that Vancouver Island has its own Axl Rose, in the form of Nick Fascione, lead vocals/guitarist of Quadra Sound. You can play their voices side by side and believe they are identical.

Quadra Sound got their name from a quote by Nick and John’s grandfather who was trying to describe quadraphonic sound, the original surround-sound from the 1960s, shortening it to Quadra Sound.  Nick thought it sounded cool, liking the idea of dedicating their name to their grandfather, like Kings of Leon, and having the word “Sound” in the band like Soundgarden.

Quadra Sound may not have a full album as of yet, but each of their tracks draws you in wanting more. Those fans of and familiar with classic rock will want Quadra Sound in their playlist.

When I listen to any of the five tracks on Spotify, I’m transported into eras of nostalgia. Guitar riffs, vocal highs, and rhythms digging its roots deep into the Beatles era, swimming through Guns and Roses and coming out into the modern via Kings of Leon.

Their video for “Starlight” brings you back home to the Island, being filmed in Nanaimo’s now iconic, “Nanaimo Bar.” This is the Axl Rose track, the one that made me go, is that Axl Rose? No way, it’s Nick Fascione! To be drawn in by familiarity, in place, in sound and in feeling. For Quadra Sound to stay true to the Island by using a place, and people on the Island just makes for bigger respect and adds to their rock ‘n roll badassness.

Praise, Roots and Live Music

Ron Obvious, recording engineer, producer, studio designer and acoustic consultant says, “with over 40 years in the audio industry, it’s hard for a band to impress me much. Quadra Sound’s dynamic and musically interesting performance put that to rest for a while. This band’s visual performance and danceable songs, made for a very enjoyable mixing gig for me going FOH.”

Quadra Sound is: Brothers Nick Fascione (Fash-ee-oh-nee) (vocals/guitar) and Johnathan Fascione (drums) and long-time friends Clayton Howe (guitar) and Aaron Thurlborn-Hansen (bass) from the fishing town of Campbell River on Vancouver Island.

John and Nick Fascione’s musical roots stem way back to their childhoods. Johnathan was 12 when he got a drum set and Nick was 11 when he got a bass guitar. Bonding over the Beatles on the first day of middle school were Nick and Clayton, who would come over with his acoustic guitar after school to practice and record Beatles songs using rock band into a laptop. Joining the band later in 2018, Aaron was an old middle school friend.

Quadra Sound’s high-energy rock ‘n roll with 4-part harmonies can be attributed to the boys being raised with huge music appreciation stemming from their parents’ burnt CDs and grandparents’ vinyl collection.

Their debut single, “Not The One,” was released in 2017, with Quadra Sound’s official debut as a 3-piece band. Periodically releasing singles throughout the year, they extensively toured while developing their live show. Aaron joined the band in 2018 as their bassist and Clayton switched to rhythm guitar, completing Quadra Sound.

“Our long-term goal is to become the best band we possibly can. Pumping out good music constantly and giving people performances that they can walk away with feeling they were part of a unique and special moment. All we want to do is play, and we can not wait for the day that it becomes our full-time employment. Truly a dream job,” says Nick.

Continuing to break new ground, Quadra Sound pushes the boundaries of modern rock ‘n roll, performing in front of live audiences and recording new music.

A huge compliment and strange moment for Nick was, “one time at an outdoor Kaleo concert in Vancouver some people yelled out “Quadra Sound!” and said they recognized me from when we played a small club in Victoria once. It was super strange that someone in such a big audience recognized us from such a small show.”

When asked what their best live performance moment is, Nick replies, “That’s pretty hard to say. For me, LakeTown Rock 2018 comes to mind, having a crowd of 300+ people all paying attention and jamming out to your songs is a pretty special moment. Then afterwards walking around the festival having people saying they really connected with our music and performance. It’s just one of those things that you always hope for as a band.”

“We are hungry and excited. We want to get out there and connect with as many people as we can,” says Nick. Perhaps this is why we have yet to see an album, they have been performing live at every chance they get.

Have a look for yourself, Quadra Sound performing live at the Duncan Showroom in Duncan on Vancouver Island, BC.

Photo credits: Rocktographers, a collective of Victoria concert photographers who cover shows and interview rockstars.


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