quarkspace was formed in 1984 and was
originally called quark! "space" was added later to stave off
any potential lawsuits by a certain software company. college classmates - jay swanson
on keys, and kevin wherry on bass were joined by the brother of a
classmate - darren gough (guitar). they proceeded to work on cover
material, planning to play frat parties and local bars.
(taken from the quarkspace web-site)