Local musician Quinn Bonnell is getting ready to release his EP, “The Night,” in CD-format for the first time at The Capital Complex this Friday, Nov. 10.
The rock singer-songwriter’s debut album was initially released in July, but was only distributed online.
“Friday is the first time we will be selling [a hard-copy], so it’s going to be pretty fun,” said Quinn Bonnell, the band’s lead-singer and guitarist.
The EP features five songs whose styles draw style inspiration from Kings of Leon, John Mayer and Radiohead. According to Bonnell, the songs explore internal turmoils. “It’s basically me asking these questions, and not necessarily having the answers; it gives people something to ponder about,” Bonnell said.
For his first release, he wanted to make an EP that showed what he was able to do, put his music out there and see what type of reaction the album would get.
He bounced names—even considering naming the album “EP 1,”—but decided he couldn’t get away with it. “I went through multiple names, but it seemed like the first song on the record—which is the first one I wrote—[…] fit perfectly thematically.”
On Friday night, Mitch Rayner will open up the the show at 10:30 p.m., followed by The Fallen Leaves. Then Quinn Bonnel and the Heavy Steppers will step onstage to perform songs from the EP.
Throughout the show, the band will also preview songs from their upcoming full-length album, set to be released in 2018. “We’re putting the finishing touches on it now, writing-wise. We haven’t taken them to the studio yet, so we will be debuting three new songs,” he said.
Bonnell said their performance is guitar-driven, and that they like to have both slow jams that “bring the ‘feel’ element out more than anything” and fast jams that invite people to dance.
Although Bonnell and the band have only been playing together for a little over a year under the Heavy Steppers name, Bonnell has played guitar next to the band’s bassist and drummer since they were toddlers.
“When [people] watch us live, they can tell we’ve been jamming ever since we were kids because we have that chemistry. There is a ‘feel’ element that we try to bring to the table all the time.”
The show will take place at The Capital Complex on Nov. 8 at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 and will be sold at the entrance.