On May 6th 2008, The Quit released their first full-length album titled 'Minus Tide'. Teaming with Engineer/Producer Scott Colburn (Arcade Fire, Animal Collective), the album was recorded at Gravel Voice Studios, a 100 year old church converted into Colburn's home studio.
The album was kindly received with rotation on Seattle radio stations KEXP and KNDD as well as KAOS in Olympia. In the June '08 issue of Seattle Sound Magazine, 'Minus Tide' received 4 out of 5 stars and the song 'Faster' was selected as the Single of the Month.
"I'm always thrilled when a jangly, elegant guitar-pop band hits the scene bringing together the sounds and moods of some of my favorite bands and fashioning that into something new. Theirs is an immediately appealing waterfall of melody that's sometimes bright, sometimes melancholy, and always deftly constructed. I'm really impressed with their recent debut disc, Minus Tide, the songs on which are fresh, yet feel as familiar and warm as a favorite old sweater."
- Seattle Weekly, 10/1/08
"A power-pop album almost completely devoid of modern indie-rock pitfalls. Scott Shoemaker's vocals are those of a singer who actual sings as opposed to preen and pose. Drummer Chuck Pinnell plays void of the disco-rock repetition dominating airwaves now. And when Nash McBride does rip into a lead, it's Bob Stinson meets Mike Campbell as opposed to...well, wait -- do modern indie-pop bands even know how to play a guitar solo? Case in point."
-Jared Nelson, Seattle.net
"On 'Minus Tide' The Quit borrows from a hefty tradition of masking weighty material with deliciously upbeat melodies...The pull between lyrics and music Keeps your interest and adds a new layer each time you listen" (4 Stars) 'Faster' - Single of the Month
- Seattle Sound Magazine - June 2008
"Filled with slinky rhythms and sneaky pop melodies, The Quit's Minus Tide is one of the most unsuspecting and satisfying debuts to come along in a while...Produced by Scott Colburn (Arcade Fire, Animal Collective), Minus Tide is loaded with intelligence and nuance... "
- Alex Green - caughtinthecarousel.com
"...it's no surprise that the beauty of "Faster," a track that will be included on the Quit's upcoming debut, Minus Tide, can be easily deciphered through an equation. Here goes:
[(confident, clipped guitar strum + strained bravado + lyrics about cars) + (clickity-clack rim thwacks + "ooh ooh ooooooh"s) + (relaxed strums + "keep speedin' up, keep speedin' up, keep speedin up"] X 4 = Nice track!"
-Mark Baumgarten - Seattle Sound Magazine 3.26.08
"...a brand cute new band crush of mine, The Quit. The band plays my kinda pop -- Brit flavored, with jangly guitars, smart hooks, and tasty boy vocals. Especially catchy: the track 'Manchester,'..."
"Scott Shoemaker and Nash McBride have all the screeching fuzz and frenetic rhythm of 25 year guitar veterans...charming and poppy...Were it not for thick curls I'd be thrashing my hair around every time I listen to "Talk to Me"--highly danceable. These guys definitely don't slow down until you get to the pace of "Clouds Collide," set by Charles Pinnell's drums and Chris Borgia's bass, and even that picks back up."
-Nicholas Hubbard - Wig Fits All Heads 7.15.07