Somewhere near the swamps of Jersey, roughly 30 skateboard-able miles from Asbury Park, the brothers Spellman spent summer days lingering around the garage as their father worked and blasted Bruce Springsteen cassettes through a dusty portable stereo system. Something about The Boss' music resonated with Sean and Ryan, enough to make a lasting impression through the skate punk of yesteryear, and after a fitful move to New London, Connecticut during the brothers' adolescent years, they met guitarist Craig Rupert and formed Quiet Life.
Since the eventual close of their angst-ridden high school days, the band's music has rolled into the grittier, lacking Springsteen's penchant for the absolutely epic rock n' roll, but cashing in on all of the solid folk aspects (think back to the Nebraskan era) with canyon rock and country influences to boot. Sean Spellman's songs are earnest and straightforward, laden with place names and past times; from the band's beginnings in a conflicted seafaring town, to their sweet sojourn on California's Central Coast, and all the nights on the road in between, Quiet Life has found plenty of material in the miles covered.
Since landing in Portland, OR on yet another gamble, the band has wasted no time asserting their place in the city's kinetic music scene, garnering audiences for their honest-to-goodness rock n' roll shows in no time flat. After a bit of sitting—though not enough time for the songs to gather dust—their full-length album, Big Green, will be released in January 2011. Until then, catch them while you can, for it's only a matter of time until they pack up their gear and head back out; if nothing else, these boys were born to run.
Quiet Life's music video for "Jim's Wedding Band," from their album Big Green.
Director: Ben Fee
Producer: Colin Shane
Directors of Photography: Ben Fee and Colin Shane
Camera Operators: Zachary Kertesz, Ben Fee, Colin Shane, James Mustico, Rob Valdez
Gaffer: Rob Valdez
Grip: Andrew Harris
PA: Zach Smith
Craft: Meredith Williams
Wardrobe: Angela M. Sarac, Clawhammer & Clothespin, House of Vintage, Timebomb Vintage
Stylist and Costume Design: Angela M. Sarac
Set Design: Margaux Rust
Hair: Graye Guidotti
Makeup: Graye Guidotti and Angela M. Sarac
Human Assistant: Anjel Wahlman
Still Photographer: Joseph Rossi
Location: The Corn Maze, Sauvie's Island.
Thanks: Kickstarter, Jenny Malone, Jason Roark