Artist Spotlight: Quick and Painless
By Lacey Slekar
Are you interested in local music? How about “Alt-Rock, Garage Rock, Post- Punk, Indie+” as this band attempts to describe themselves. Let me introduce you to Quick and Painless. A band of chaotic yet determined boys with ages ranging from 16-19 years old. Quick and Painless are a former winner of statewide garageband competition, Rockonsin. They have other countless achievements too, including playing a show at Chicago’s Navy Pier, being featured on the radio and playing a sold out show at Bos Meadery. The band consists of newest member and bassist Gray Frandy, vocalist and lead guitarist Everett Karlen, keyboard and rhythm guitarist Ryan Badger, and drummer Max Beardsley, who happens to be a senior at our very own Verona Area High School.
The band Quick and Painless often tends to struggle when answering the question, “what genre are you guys?” And if you take the time to listen to some of their music you can definitely see why that is the case. In the words of Ryan Badger, “people who like the Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Panic! At the Disco, and My Chemical Romance will all find something they dig in our music but we also throw in some curveballs with some songs going more pop-punk and some even going towards indie-pop.” To sum it all up there's a little something for almost everyone. The band’s song, “Crucified” being more on the heavier/grunge side compared to one of their other songs, “Sara Tonin” sounding much softer and more indie pop is a great example of just how wide ranged they can be.
Watching these guys perform is like watching little kids at a Chuck E. Cheese birthday party. Chaotic, entertaining, and full of joy. It’s obvious that Quick and Painless is not only determined to, but absolutely love what they do. These boys are chasing their dreams and there's no doubt in that. Max Beardsley says, “my biggest goal for us is to create art that we’re proud of and do what we can to share that art with other people. We talk a lot about how amazing it would be to do this full time, get signed, make a living, etc but what keeps me wanting to drive towards that is the feeling I get after we write a kickass song in half an hour, after I watch one of them absolutely NAIL a take in the studio, after I hear Ev’s lyrics for the first time on a song that didn't have vocals before - and as long as we keep experiencing that, I want to keep doing this. I’m so proud of what we’re doing and I can’t wait to see what we can share next.”
With that I then asked the band, What’s next? Despite not yet having as big of a following as say My Chemical Romance or Panic! At the Disco, Quick and Painless are motivated and determined to chasing their dreams. They previously released a song in December called “(I Bet You) Feel Alive” and plan on keeping up with a cycle of releasing new music and new content throughout this upcoming summer. Depending on how Covid-19 plays out this summer, Quick and Painless also plans to get back into gigging as much as they can. They even speak of, if possible, doing a midwest tour in late summer as Covid-19 canceled their plans for this last summer of 2020. If you also take a peek at Quick and Painless’s Instagram page (@quickandpainlessband) it seems as though they are up to some eerie, secret project. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what that's all about.
Quick and Painless’s music is currently streaming on almost all platforms including Spotify and Apple Music. I challenge you to go take a listen and try seeing if you can decide what genre of music you personally hear. Who knows, maybe someday they will blow up and play a show at Coachella or something and you can say “Hey! I went to school with Quick and Painless’s drummer!” Seeing and hearing just how focussed and driven these boys are, I don’t see them going anywhere except forward. And a final quote from Ryan Badger, “this is the end of the article.”
Click HERE to find Quick and Painless's Sara Tonin on platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music.