Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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November 12, 2013

Spirited singer cuts loose with music

Band's second EP just released

Tori Roper is in a hurry.

The Chinese language major with a Spanish minor is in her third year at Indiana University, “but I am graduating at the end of this year, so I suppose that makes me a senior.”

Google the 21-year-old’s name and at least eight entries show up, not for academics, but for her original music.

The Batesville resident helped form Quote Unquote, a pop/rock band, exactly a year ago. After a self-titled debut with five tunes was released in March, the group’s latest EP, with six songs, became available a week ago.

She reports, “If I had to give this record a theme, I would probably choose uncertainty about the future. We chose the title ‘Clouded Crystal Ball’ because it illustrates the mystery we feel in regards to our future as a band. We all have a mutual dream worth chasing and, despite the unknown, we are excited to see where the future takes us.” According to Roper, “The highlight of the record for me personally is the intro track ... a simple piano ballad. Despite my appreciation for all of the other full band songs, I believe there is something special about the simple combination of voice and piano.”

In addition to Roper, bandmates include Vincennes University students Zach Chaney, Bedford, and Kaleb Wood, Vincennes; and Cameron Gregory, Evansville. She recalls, “For this particular record, the writing process usually began with me writing the song on my own with simple chords to support my vocal part. From there, I removed all of the instrumentals from my recording and then sent my idea to the guitarist. This allowed for me to write a vocal part without any restrictions and then also gave Zach more creative wiggle room for his part.”

The daughter of Dr. Jerry and Terri Roper observes, “At any point in time we can be working on over 10 songs – or more!” So choosing the songs on which to focus became the challenge.

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