Quadra-phenia

Despite a recent tragedy, the Quadrajets are still flying high.

"As far as the band goes, we want people to know he's doing all right," he says. "But we don't want to make an issue of it. We don't want people to be thinking of Kevin as the guy in the Quadrajets who met with tragedy. We want people to remember him as a wonderful drummer who put out a kick-ass record with us."

Plans are in the works to release an anthology of Young's work with the Quadrajets. In the meantime, the band is putting the final touches on a new single to be released on Denver's own 360 Twist! imprint. "The A-side will be 'I Wanna Be Yer Zombie,' from Deuce," Weise reveals. "It features Tim [Kerr] playing a little slide guitar. The B-side will be our first-ever live cut. It's a cover of the Who's 'The Seeker.'"

The combo will also be making an appearance at Treble Fest, a three-day garage-rock bash organized by 360 Twist! bossman Mike Gilligan. The event features noteworthy garage-rock auteurs from all over the country, but none of them break the style's four-chord mold as radically as the Quadrajets. This point hasn't been lost on Weise. As he puts it, "We're into a lot of stuff that I guess falls into the garage-rock genre. We're into the Sonics and that whole Sixties Detroit-rock scene, and we've got all the Back From the Grave compilations records. But we try not to limit ourselves to one particular era in musical history. I think the whole garage-punk thing was sort of a reaction to some of the horrible music that's been going on. It was a let's-get-back-to-the-roots-again type thing. But then I think getting back to the roots may have gotten a little carried away. I think the more you open yourself up to other influences, the more places you can go with rock and roll.

"We're getting back to the roots, too" he concedes, laughing. "But I guess you could say that we're adding some different roots other than the standard ones."

Treble Fest '98, with Boss 302, Frigg A-Go-Go, Sugar Shack, the Quadrajets and the Swingin' Neckbreakers. 8 p.m. Saturday, August 1, Bluebird Theater, 3317 East Colfax, $12, 322-2308 or 975-1080. The Quadrajets, with the Ray-Ons and the What 4? 9 p.m. Monday, August 3, 15th Street Tavern, 623 15th Street, $5, 572-0822.

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