Quasi was formed in Portland OR in '93 by Sam Coomes & Janet Weiss. Their first album was self released in '95. They released three albums between '97 & '99 on Up Records.
They moved to Touch & Go Records in '01 & released three albums with them, & additionally T&G reissued the first album. The band moved over to the Kill Rock Stars label in '09. Quasi albums are licenced by Domino Records in Europe & P-Vine Records in Japan. Throughout this time they have also toured &/or recorded either individually or collectively with Sleater-Kinney, Elliott Smith, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Built to Spill, Bright Eyes, Heatmiser, the Go Betweens, Pink Mountain, Blues Goblins, Jandek, the Boston Spaceships, Crock, numerous other less recognizeable names. Prior to to Quasi, SC was in the San Francisco band Donner Party (c.'83-'88) & both SC & JW were in the Portland power trio Motorgoat (c.'90-'92). Joanna Bolme (Jicks, The Minders, Calamity Jane) joined the band in c.'06 & left the band after the recording of "American Gong" & numerous tours in '11. JW formed the band Wild Flag in '10. SC formed the band Deep Fried Boogie Band in '11. Quasi is still in the new, gentrified Portland.