If you only listen to one song today, make it “Lunch at Sara’s” by Shark Quest (1998, from the album Battle of The Loons).
Shark Quest is an instrumental indie-rock band from Chapel Hill and Durham. They’ve been together since at least 1997. They released their debut album —Battle of The Loons— on Merge Records in 1998. I first learned about them in the summer of 1999, when Merge Records held their 10-year Anniversary festival. I think there were about 25 bands, playing over a span of three days at the Cat’s Cradle. I remember liking their set as much as I liked Superchunk’s. And that’s saying a lot. I left with Battle of The Loons, and I played it a lot in the following weeks and months.
In the next five years, they put out two more records, but for some reason, I never got around to getting them. They also composed a film score for a 2003 documentary about clay animator Bruce Bickford.
Since 2004, they haven’t recorded anything new as Shark Quest, and they haven’t played together much either. They’ve played some sporadic one-off “reunion” shows, but that’s about it. At Hopscotch, they’ll be playing Saturday night. They have the 9:30-10:30 slot at Kings Barcade.
Today’s song comes from that first album
“Lunch at Sara’s” by Shark Quest
I love the cello that runs through it. I love he changes of pace. I love the sudden stop at 2:42 and the pause for three or so beats before the cello leads it into the slightly post-rock coda.
You can buy Battle of The Loons from the Merge web store here. Remember, there’s no shipping charges for orders mailed to US addresses.