“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.
In Febuary 2012, Quiet Company started a national video & college radio campaign for their single, ""You, Me & the Boatman" which was quickly added by over 30 college radio stations across the country. By SXSW, "You, Me & the Boatman" had reached over 200,000 views on Youtube (now over 650,000 views)
SXSW 2012 was huge for Quiet Company. They were listed as one of NPR's Bands to Watch in 2012 (http://n.pr/yCVhFp) and also listed as one of 5 Buzzworthy Bands to Watch at SXSW 2012 by Time Magazine (http://ti.me/xSajsf).
On 3/14 Quiet Company performed at the Austin Music Awards & walked away with 10 Awards, shattering the record for most awards won in a year.
-Band of the Year
-Album of the Year: "We Are All Where We Belong" by Quiet Company
-Song of the Year: "You, Me & the Boatman" by Quiet Company
-Musician of the Year: Taylor Muse
-Songwriter of the Year: Taylor Muse
-Male Vocalist of the Year: Taylor Muse
-Rock Band of the Year
-Indie Rock Band of the Year
-Best Drummer: Jeff Weathers
-Producer of the Year: Matt Parmenter for "We Are All Where We Belong"
Quiet Company finished 2012 with a performance at the 2012 Austin City Limits Music Festival and a sold-out showcase at CMJ 2012. They toured throughout the mid-west & North East US between September & October before returning to Austin to record & release their Christmas EP, "Winter is Coming," which they released in December and followed it up with a tour of Holiday House Shows all around Texas.
In 2011 Quiet Company spent the majority of their time writing & recording their most ambitious & thought provoking album to date, "We Are All Where We Belong." In late summer they were approached by Grooveshark & signed to their new Artist Development program. Since July 1st, Quiet Company has garnered a global audience, thanks to their partnership with Grooveshark. Quiet Company's Facebook fans jumped from 2,800 in July to 30,000 by Thanksgiving & their video for "Fear & Fallacy, Sitting in a Tree" reached over 100,000 plays in under 3 months. Quiet Company is averaging well over 50,000 song plays a day on Grooveshark alone all across the globe.
In October, Quiet Company released their new album, "We Are All Where We Belong" which received the best reviews & response the band has earned to date. They were invited to play Deluna Fest in Florida as well as CMJ in New York.
Quiet Company was chosen as a Deluna Fest Spotlight Artist and was featured on an episode of Last Call with Carson Daly.
2010 was a break out year for Austin, TX’s QUIET COMPANY.
They began the year by playing SXSW 2010 & self-producing/recording their 6 track EP, Songs for Staying In, which was released to incredible critical acclaim in May, 2010. The 1st single, “How Do You Do It” was quickly added to KGSR’s rotation, and with in weeks, was also a staff pick selection by KROX’s Trevin Smith and added into full rotation on their station as well. “How Do You Do It” was featured for over 4 months on both stations.
The enormous amount of radio play drastically increased Quiet Company’s profile around Texas and earned them opening spots on tours with the Toadies, Bob Schneider & Rooney and allowed them to play in front of sold out crowds at the House of Blues in Dallas and Houston.
The demand in Austin for Quiet Company exploded in 2010. They received offers to headline the historic Threadgills World Headquarters, Antones, & Emo’s and continued to play monthly in Austin with an ever increasing draw.
The highlight of the year came when they were asked to record a session for ACL presents Satellite Stages at the world famous KLRU studios 6A in August.
Quiet Company’s music made a splash on TV as well. Their songs were featured on multiple episodes of MTV’s The Real World New Orleans, Keeping Up With the Kardashians & they were asked to play themselves on an episode of ABC’s My Generation and had 2 songs featured in the series.