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Hiatus I 09:42
Hiatus II 07:01
Hiatus III 07:40
Hiatus IV 05:16
Hiatus V 09:47


Hiatus is thisquietarmy's first post-pandemic full-length solo release of new material since Kesselhaus (2020) as Quach has been mostly focused on his collaborative releases with Away, N & Sleepwalker and his other projects Houses of Worship, Some Became Hollow Tubes, Hypnodrone Ensemble & Pangea De Futura.

As a matter of fact, Hiatus is not even a studio album but rather a live document of TQA’s first solo performance in more than 2 years since the beginning of the pandemic and also the first time performing a church in his hometown of Montreal.

The concert took place on April 23, 2022 at Église Saint-Esprit de Rosemont, one of the rare churches with Art-deco architecture (built 1931-1933) and was organized by Montreal-based Hiatus Productions which Quach chose to name the record after, but also to represent the global interruption of activities rendered by the gathering restrictions.

Though no rehearsal time for this performance was possible due to recovering from an infection, Quach is rather known to fully improvise his sets when performing in atypical settings of worship, and uses the massive reverberation of the architecture to execute a hypnotic meditative purge. Witnesses have reported sightings of plaster falling from the church's ceiling and walls, making this intense cathartic sonic ritual truly memorable.

The vibration emanating from Quach's dual guitar and bass amps, as well as the four PA speakers were captured with a Double M/S Microphone by Charles Montambault and through the soundboard by Karolanne Carbonneau. Mathieu Robillard provided snapshots of the performance.


released May 27, 2023

Performed by thisquietarmy and recorded by Karolane Charbonneau and Charles Montambault at l'Église du Saint-Esprit (Rosemont, Montréal) on April 23rd, 2022.

Mixed and mastered by Eric Quach at TQA.HQ during the winter 2022-2023.

Photography by Mathieu Robillard.


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thisquietarmy is an experimental guitar-based project from Montreal, Canada. Revolving around improvised drone music, he takes his sonic experimentations further by adding textural and structural elements of post-punk/shoegaze, krautrock/spacerock & black/doom metal to them. The results can be described as dark, melodic, expansive & engaging dreamscapes. ... more


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