Opening with a trio of tunes about Winnipeg (which, in turn, each open with the line “I dress for the weather”) Quinzy’s latest in a long line of EPs is a direct love letter to our fair city. The aforementioned trio is a concept suite, with characters based in the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike. The self-recorded disc is refreshing, including the dancey Just Passing Through, the simple Slow Down and the closer - the stomping, nearly retro And Now We Know. The real stand-out here though is bassist Jason Pankratz’s recorded lead vocal debut in Built a Machine, a revved up pop rocker that acts as the centrepiece to The Flats. Will Quinzy’s next offerings be four solo discs in the tradition of the 1978 KISS solo albums?

Published in Volume 66, Number 16 of The Uniter (January 18, 2012)

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