The most common asked question, “What’s a Quactus?” A Quactus is a little bit of every great jam band you know and love blended together to form a familiar sound that you know you can put your finger on but you’re not sure why. A band for everyone, Quactus mixes intricately composed guitar leads, tight rhythm and spacey jams that keeps fans all over the country dancing. After 10 years of touring extensively throughout the West coast, Quactus may call Los Angeles, CA home but they continue to entertain crowds where ever they perform.
Quactus debut album, Once Upon A Spine, released in 2008 was quickly recognized by Jambands.com as “New Groove of the Month” and garnered a wide fan base well beyond the West Coast. In 2010 Quactus released their sophomore album, A Sense of We, took the band into new directions with genre bending tunes from Irish Music, Heavy Rock, Progressive Rock and Electronic Jams all the while staying true to their root...play great music and have a good time doing it.
Quactus is Seth Gordon (guitar/keyboards/vocals), Matthew McDuffee (drums), Gabriel Weiner (lead guitar), Alex U'Ren (bass) and Keith Erikson (percussion). Additionally, the band has shared the stage with several national acts, including Particle, The New Mastersounds, Tea Leaf Green, John Popper (Blues Traveler), Moonalice (w/ members of Phil Lesh and Friends, Hot Tuna, Bruce Hornsby, and Jefferson Starship), The Maykers, EOTO (w/ members of String Cheese Incident), Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Bobby Vega (Sly and the Family Stone), CR Gruver (Polytoxic/Outformation), Marc Ford (Black Crowes), Steve Molitz (Particle), Banyan, U-Melt, The Heavy Pets, Cubensis, Underground Orchestra, Delta Nove, Big Organ Trio, Jamie Janover, Leon Mobley, and Al Howard & the K23 Orchestra. Individual members of Quactus have also shared the stage or bill with Umphrey’s McGee, Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band, Mr. Blotto, and NOFX.
“It’s a ripping, upbeat album – filled with soaring, fat, and, at times, Allman-esque guitar leads; laced with psyched-out spacey effects and organ-cushioned undertones… A skosh of reggae here, an Irish whiskey jig there, and a bit reminiscent of Tea Leaf Green over Yonder. At any rate, this is jamband to its core.” -Dirty Hippie Radio on Quactus “A Sense of We” album.
“Whether or not it is a long jam, a short melodic run through of a memorable hook, or a rampage through an outlandish groove that won’t quit—equal parts Phish and a soaring momentum all their own—the quartet plays with a focused abandon that is quite enchanting.” -Randy Ray, Jambands.com
“Don’t let the strange name fool you; Quactus is a serious band with some serious skills.” -Chris Roble, Homegrown Music Network
“It’s not often that while wandering the desert one comes across a prickly saguaro with a bright orange beak protruding from its top. But then again, it’s not very common to hear music that combines elements from every conceivable genre of music into a single melodious masterpiece either. Quactus, however, fits the bill for both of these unlikely scenarios.” -Bryce Propheter, Flagstaff Live