Zach Quillen, AKA Sufferin' Moses Releases Single For Upcoming First Album
“They don’t call me Good Day Moses. It’s not Positive Attitude Moses. It is Sufferin’ Moses for a reason,” joked Zach Quillen about the name of his band.
Describing their first recorded album “King of All the Sad Things” to be released this fall, he said, “It’s not about what a beautiful day it is or how pretty the beach is. The album doesn’t feel as heavy as it sounds, but the songs definitely come from a darker part of my life.”
Sufferin’ Moses is a three-piece blues/southern rock band, consisting of bass player Arnold Gottlieb, drummer Sean Harshaw, and Zach Quillen fronting the band on vocals and guitar. When asked how he chose his bandmates, Zach said, “I picked my band like my dad picked my little league team. Who are the nicest boys?” he joked. “They are two of my favorite humans… really nice people.” He also openly raved about the talent the two possess as musicians.
Zach traces the roots of his inspiration from his childhood memories. “My brother and I both got CD players, and we both were allowed to pick out three CDs. I don’t know why, because I had never heard these musicians’ songs before, but I picked out these three. And I knew they were going to be good, probably because I had heard their names. So the first music I ever listened to on my own was BB King’s “Greatest Hits,” Chuck Berry's “Greatest Hits,” and Elvis's “Greatest Hits.” BB King changed me with songs like “How Blue Can You Get?” and “There Must Be a Better World Somewhere.”
Three years ago Quillen decided to pursue music full time. In order to do so, he knew he had to make some major lifestyle changes. “There was a point where I just knew I’d never be happy if I didn’t get these songs recorded, but I was just too much of a mess to get my act together. Literally. I had no other choice but to quit drinking and smoking and wasting my time.”
Sufferin’ Moses turned 11 this year, and after he finally retired from food and bev, shed 80 pounds, and set straight his party lifestyle, Zach Quillen is ready to give his fans what they have been yearning for: a professionally recorded full-length album at Fairweather Studios under the intelligent and talented ears and minds of engineer Omar Colon, and producer Josh Roberts (of Josh Roberts and The Hinges). Zach picked Fairweather because the live room is filled with vintage drums and keyboards that help give the record the authentic old sound he was looking for.
One song featured on the album “Ima Get Back On My Feet Someday” headlined by Zach’s soulful and powerful voice and leans towards the country blues end of the spectrum. The song is a redemption story about recovering from booze after an abysmal 15-year stint. Zach Simply stated “I used to drink a lot. I was sick all the time and my voice was trashed. I got sober and started to get my life together. I just can't go back to being the way that I was.”
“Ghost” is a dark and slow song that Zach says is an honest look at depression and suicide. “It’s feeling like you are there but not really there,” he said. Zach has battled with depression and faced the demons linked with suicidal thoughts since the age of 12. As “Ghost” lingers to your ear through the speakers, you feel your chest tighten as your heartstrings contract. You know at first note this song is written from the deepest part of his soul.
Not every song on the album is a grapple with life. “One Day at a Time” pays homage to all the amazing musicians Zach has met through his days of playing blues in Charleston and throughout his career in music. Some of the artists mentioned include Paul Quattlebaum of The Majestics, Juke Joint Johnny, and Mark Davis of Travelin’ Kine. Zach noted that each musician possesses a special talent that he himself has not yet mastered. The song goes on to preach about having patience and taking the learning process one day at a time.
Even though Charleston is now a melting pot of music, blues music still makes up a pillar of its foundation. The blues can trace much of its origins back to Charleston due to the city’s unforgotten but sometimes glossed over place in history as it pertains to slavery.
Sufferin’ Moses is an accurate representation and reminder of what blues music is and where it came from. Zach reminds us all of a saying he has now come to live by, “No great art comes without suffering.”
Written By Sanchez Tortuga
Edited by Chelsea Grinstead
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