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New Orleans-based Pears bringing its punk sound to Albuquerque

Zach Quinn recently finished a leg of touring, and he’s getting some rest.

“Thankfully, I’m home and sleeping in my own bed,” he says during a recent interview from New Orleans. “Coming home is one of the best things about touring. I appreciate it more each time I come back.”

Quinn is the vocalist for New Orleans-based hardcore punk band Pears.

The band is fairly new to the scene and released its debut album, “Go to Prison,” in 2014.

The quartet has followed up that album with its recent release, “Green Star.”

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Quinn says writing for this album was very different from writing for the band’s debut album.

“It was really hard,” he says. “We spent our time making sure each song flowed together. We wanted to build a strong album, and I believe that we have. The biggest difference was our first album was thrown together. This, we slaved over it. We wrote songs and cut songs and cut parts of songs and put them into other songs. It was a nightmare, but I’ve never been more proud of anything. It was important we were moving forward with the music.”

“Green Star” consists of 16 tracks, and Quinn worked collaboratively with band mates Brian Pretus, Erich Goodyear and Jarret Nathan.

Quinn also helped out Pretus in recording guitar parts for the album, although he’s at home on the vocals.

“I like doing studio work, but honestly, I can’t keep up with Brian,” he admits. “I played no rhythm guitars on the record. Anytime I played guitar, it was a lead thing or a background thing. I can’t keep up with Brian. My right hand can’t do the things his does.”

Quinn did contribute an entirely new – and quite surprising – element to Pears’ sound, through the piano.

There are two piano interludes on “Green Star,” which were composed and played by Quinn.

“I was really concerned with thinking of ‘Green Star’ as an entire, linear thing,” he says. “I knew I wanted to put those piano interludes in those spots.”

Pears is currently playing an equal amount of both albums during its set, and Quinn is looking forward to performing in Albuquerque.

“This is our first time performing in the city,” he says. “I’m looking forward to seeing the energy the crowd brings. I’ve heard great things about the music scene.”


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