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“I know my time is coming”
Taylor Muse sang those words in 2011 and the time has certainly come for his anthemic Austin pop-rock band. Formed in 2005 Muse (guitar/vocals) and his bandmates have spent much of the last year in increasingly rarefied air; playing late night talk shows (Carson Daly), performing at the Austin City Limits Festival, setting a record crowd for radio station KGSR’s Blues On The Green outdoor concert series, recording a session in the original studio of the iconic “Austin City Limits” television show, winning a record-shattering 10 Austin Music Awards and receiving glowing reviews for the late-2011 release We Are All Where We Belong.
Mixed by legendary engineer Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2, The Cure), We Are All Where We Belong is a startlingly personal album that finds Muse – backed by Tommy Blank (Guitar), Matt Parmenter (Bass), Jeff Weathers (Drums) and Cody Ackors (Trombone) – growing up and questioning the religious beliefs that underpinned the band’s early work. The album’s gut-punch honesty is presented on a foundation of expansive arrangements that build to anthemic choruses; songs that shift from moments of hushed intimacy to full-on explosions.
“It is easily the most personal thing I’ve ever written,” Muse said. “It is, essentially, a break up record, only the romance that’s ending was between myself and religion.”
That thematic break from past releases – 2009’s “Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon” and 2010’s “Songs For Staying In” – is bridged by the band’s songwriting ear for ambitious melodies like Death Cab For Cutie or Arcade Fire, with Pedro The Lion’s soulful honesty mixed in.
Quiet Company's explosive live show is notable both for the sheer energy of the band and the fact that each member is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, making it a much simpler task to bring their complex studio arrangements to the stage in a fresh, exciting way.
2013 looks to be Quiet Company's most ambitious year yet: after releasing their Christmas EP, "Winter is Coming" in December, they immediately jumped back into the studio to re-record their 2006 album, "Shine Honesty." The album, now re-titled "A Dead Man On My Back: Shine Honesty Revisited" will be released on 4/09/13 and features 2 new tracks as well as a complete re-recording & mastering of the entire album which had previously been out of print for over 3 years.
Summer 2013 will see the release of the "Are You A Mirror?" E.P. and the band will begin work immediately on a new full-length album.
In between all of the recording, Quiet Company played SXSW 2013, Canadian Music Fest 2013 & has US tours lined up for the spring & summer, with a primary focus on the Midwest & Northeast & Southeast US markets. They will return to Canada in June to play NXNE 2013 as well as Viva Big Bend 2013 in Marfa, TX, Center of the Universe Festival 2013 in Tulsa, OK & Musikfest 2013 in Bethlehem, PA.
Licensing opportunities also picked up for Quiet Company in 2013, Their song, "You, Me & the Boatman" was picked up by the PGA tour for a 6 week ad campaign.
"Are You A Mirror?" was featured in a episode of the CW's "Hart of Dixie."
Quiet Company also had their 1st national TV performance on AXSLive on the AXSTV network in April.