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Weve always been a rock and roll band, says Sam Anderson, who shares vocals, songwriting, and guitar responsibilities with David Matsler. Everything we do has a strong 70s influence and a strong southern aspect. With this album, though, we're delving into sounds we haven't explored as much. It's the most in-depth exploration of our inspirations and the most diverse collection of music we've ever put together. QCNH is linked in more ways than one. The album weaves a handful of signature riffs and melodies throughout multiple songs, filling the tracklist with a common strand of musical DNA. It was recorded at Niles City Sound (where Leon Bridges tracked his Grammy-nominated debut, Coming Home, several years earlier) in the band's hometown of Ft. Worth. The result is a daringly diverse record that yet works as a whole, produced by White Denims Austin Jenkins and performed by a band of road warriors who cleverly balance their abilities. Anderson and Matsler's hook-driven songwriting; drummer Aaron Haynes' gritty rhythm; the band's Tex-Mex desert rock and street-smart, big-city bombast with their eagerness to explore and experiment.

The three wandering spirits moved to Fort Worth at the same time in 2008, for reasons unknown. We were already spending all of our time down here, and it's a lot simpler to drive three blocks drunk than it was to go 30 miles or whatever we were doing back then, Adams laughed. The three spent several hours on West Berry Street, near Texas Christian University's campus. Mabe, who was in two bands, the hard-charging Jefferson Colby and Stella Rose, was a frequent drummer/drinker at Berry Street's The Moon and The Aardvark, where Matsler's new project, The Black Bonnets, enjoyed a Thursday-night residency.

Officers arrived near Lichau Creek and discovered a white Honda Civic and a white Ford F150 pickup that had turned over many times on the side of Stony Point Road. Both cars had just one occupant: the driver. Officers started administering emergency treatment to both drivers immediately, but the pickup truck driver was declared dead at the site.

When you've been in a tin can with someone for two months in a row, whether you love them to death or not, it's wonderful to get away for a while, Anderson says.

And, in any case, Anderson and Matsler have never composed music together. Their creative collaboration is more about adding to or enhancing what they've previously figured out. As a result, the Quaker City Night Hawks' continuing existence is dependent on their contributions.

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