Sitting somewhere between Jurassic 5 and Rob Zombie would seem a disingenuous way to describe your band, but for the sonic ambitions of Quorum Consensus it fits just about perfectly.
â€œYeah,â€ laughs MC and producer, Aeon. â€œThatâ€™s just what we were told by some guy at a party. I was as surprised by that analogy as anyone, really. I thought it was pretty good, though.â€
The tag has stuck for the Brisbane-based six-piece, and why not: Quorum Consensus bend genres like few others dare, swerving wildly between funk, electro, hip hop, metal, blues and even jazz influences.
At the groupâ€™s heart are Aeon and his fellow producer and MC, Non Official Cover â€“ or NOC, as Aeon calls him during our quarter-hour interview. QC may only be two yearsâ€™ young, but these two go way back, coming together almost a decade ago over a mutual love of music in the New South Wales north coast town of Coffs Harbour.
â€œI was raised in Coffs and ended up back there for about a year in 2000, and thatâ€™s when I met NOC. Weâ€™d just keep running into each other over the course of a year in a number of different places, meeting through different people. Weâ€™ve been writing together almost ten years now.â€
Once based permanently in Brisbane, Aeon and NOC slowly worked their way into the local music scene, and over a period of time began to accumulate the remaining members of the band.
â€œThere wasnâ€™t any particular concept that brought us together. It was more just NOC and I doing the music that we wanted to do,â€ Aeon says. â€œAnd to achieve the sounds that we wanted to get we had to look for these people. Luckily we knew them already and it was like, â€˜Hey, weâ€™ve gotta get [vocalist] Teach to do this. And it would sound awesome if [vocalist and frontman] Seabass came and sung this.â€™ It started out working with them on single tracks, and then it just became a conglomerate.â€
Quorum Consensus are now gearing up to release their debut EP, 'Scourge Of The Third Rock From The UVâ€™, taking over the Beetle Bar later this month specifically for the task. Itâ€™s been a long process getting the record to this point, but finally the band are happy with it.
â€œItâ€™s just been a total progression in that regard. When we first started writing I was a bit of a shoot first, ask questions later kinda guy, but NOCâ€™s always been the level-headed one and he used to say, â€˜Nup. Nup. Itâ€™s not good enough. Weâ€™re not putting it out.â€™ So Iâ€™ve learnt quite a lot to restrain my excitement levels, I guess. The EPâ€™s just a direction we wanted to go in, and to hell with the consequences. It was more about creating something new and creating something worthwhile, really.
â€œWeâ€™ve always been pushed lyrically by Sage Francis and Aesop Rock and El-P. Theyâ€™re probably the three influences that really came in whilst we were making the record. A lot of Nine Inch Nails, and obviously some Rob Zombie! It is truly a myriad of influences being poured into this sieve: we work with so many different options until we get something that feels right and we all agree on. Which is the definition of a quorum, I guess.â€
Now Quorum Consensus are busy getting their ducks in a row for the EP launch, something that Aeon talks about with excitement. But thereâ€™s also a larger purpose being served by the night, with the bandâ€™s focus in 2012 shifting slightly from the studio to the live show.
â€œIn the past I think it was more of a recorded group,â€ Aeon explains, â€œbut with the live preparations and the rehearsals for the launch and everything else, itâ€™s turned into being much more about the live show. Just trying to get across the energy of the music and not being just a bunch of shoegazers, really,â€ he laughs.
â€œI guess a Quorum Consensus show could be described as being dark, twisted but then a little comical at the same time. Itâ€™s just this collision of a million different things. Weâ€™ve got a lot of people performing with us that night too who have helped out on the EP. Weâ€™ve got your classic hip hop for the night with Co-Accused and Megalomaniac Crew, then weâ€™ll change it up a bit with Morgomega and give it some electro dance hop with a different twist. Itâ€™s going to be a great night. Really, what these guys do is so hard to describe, and that in a sense is inspirational for us.â€
QUORUM CONSENSUS LAUNCH THEIR DEBUT EP AT THE BEETLE BAR MARCH 24.