Returning MR Fest artist, Quiet Company, has come a long way since their first appearance at the festival. The Austin, Texas based group composed of Taylor Muse, Thomas Blank, Matt Parmenter, Jeff Weathers, and Cody Ackors, have accumulated through the past several years after Muse recorded the bands’ first record solo. During 2010, the band had their break out year with their first single “How Do You Do It?” receiving so much airplay that it catapulted them into the hearts of their local listeners and into a global market after their collaboration with Grooveshark.
Since then, the band has been paving their way to stardom. Their most outstanding accomplishment was during the 2012 Austin Music Awards, sweeping the competition with Band of the Year, Song of the Year “You, Me & the Boatman,” Best Indie Band, Best Rock Band, and several individual recognitions. “We had hoped to win a couple awards, but certainly didn’t expect to get ten awards,” Muse said. The bands’ ability to interact with fans, especially during South by Southwest, has certainly gained them credibility. At SXSW, Quiet Company strutted the streets of Austin, Texas wearing cardboard signs offering “Free hugs from Quiet Company.” “We’ve been doing that for about three or four years now, and vowed to always do it,” said Muse. The band has also hosted Twitter contests in which they would allow winners to ride with them in their van to different shows.
Quiet Company has put out several recordings since their formation, but more recently released the album We Are All Where We Belong, including singles “You, Me, & The Boatman” and “Fear and Fallacy, Sitting in a Tree.” The 2011 release is meant to incorporate all of the emotions felt during a break up, but not in a sort of romantic way. “This record is directed towards relieving religion and embracing humanism and atheism and celebrating that,” said Muse, “It’s like a break up record with God.”
Future Quiet Company recordings are in planning, but Muse said they won’t be released for a good while; however, the band is releasing new recordings for fans through a current cover project that has lasted a lot longer than they had expected. “We each pick four songs we want to cover, and then we let the fans vote on which song they would like to hear and whatever wins we go in the studio and record,” said Muse. The project isn’t expected to drop as a record, but the tracks include covers from Arcade Fire, Pedro the Lion, the Cure, and Florence & the Machine and are posted as free listening for fans.
Rather hear them live? You’re in luck, Quiet Company will be performing live at Texas Music Theater (TMT) this Saturday at 11:30pm. See ya there!
-Andrea Carr and Stephanie Cavazos