The Quagaars crash landed on Planet Earth many centuries ago. The survivors of the crash spread themselves around the world, continuing their intergalactic search for new sounds. Generations later, they had all lost contact with each other. It was only by chance that 2 descendants of those original survivors found themselves in the same place at the same time…Melbourne, Australia. Prime8 and Checkers were destined to come together and form a new band, continuing the mission of their ancient ancestors, the never ending search for new sounds. In 2016, Prime8 met NiniCat through the online transgender community. Could this be, another Quagaarian descendant? Sure enough, yes she was. However, she lives in the UK while Prime8 and Checkers are in Australia. With Checkers not being fond of live performances, this means that Prime8 usually performs solo. Her eventual plan is to relocate to the UK so she and NiniCat can go on tours, etc, but this is something that costs a lot of money, something we Quagaarians don’t have a lot of
As they began their musical journey at the birth of the new millennium, they would also start to seek out other descendants to help them on their mission. This search proved fruitless until Prime8 began encountering, often by chance, other Quagaarian descendants who may not have been able to join full time, we call them our “Honourary Quagaars”.
And so the search for new sounds continues…
The Quagaars are:
Prime8: 12-String Guitar, Guitar, Fretless Bass, Banjo, Theremin, Synth, Piano, Keyboards, Drums and Vocals.
Checkers: Drums, Guitar, Synth, Piano, Keyboards, Saxophone and Vocals.
NiniCat: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards and Vocals.
The “Additional/Honourary” Quagaars are:
Dr. Cheese: Keyboards.
Autumn: Vocals and Production.
Wolf Queen: Vocals.
Ethereal: Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele and Production.
The Threeon Chimps: Percussion.
Bonnie Parker: Vocals.
Lil Jul: Vocals.
The first album, “Dodge City Tombstone” was written and recorded between 2000 and 2010. After various technical holdups, it was finally pressed on vinyl in 2012. It features 12 original songs and a fairly obscure George Harrison song.
The second album, “Eternal Candlelight” is to be released in Ap(e)ril 2016, initially via Band Camp and eventually on vinyl. As with the first album, it contains 13 songs, but this time all originals.
The 3rd album went into production before the 2nd album had actually been released. “Evolver” is a concept album about Prime8’s transition from male to female. It would also be the first album to feature NiniCat, along with the “Additional/Honourary” Quagaars, bringing us a whole new world of sounds.
Album 4, “Project Nomad”, was released on Prime8’s 36th birthday, 30th of July 2019. It was be the first of 2 albums released that year with “Apocalypse…Again” being released on New Year’s Eve.
In late 2019-early 2020, Prime8 started making more solo live appearance, including one at St. Kilda’s legendary Espy. 2020 was also the year of the band’s most ambitious project yet, “Never See The Sun”, a concept album about time travelling vampires.