Quiet Company of Austin, Texas, admits it’s not all that quiet.
“It was just a name I had picked out for a solo project in high school,” says lead singer Taylor Muse. “I had gotten it off of an insurance commercial I had seen. I know it’s not very appropriate for what we do now. We’re pretty loud.”
Some press sources call Quiet Company a “power pop” band and compare it to The Beatles, Death Cab for Cutie, Arcade Fire and Weezer. The band picked up 10 awards at the 2012 Austin Music Awards show, including Band of the Year, Album of the Year, Rock Band of the Year, Indie Band of the Year and Song of the Year (for “You, Me & the Boatman”). National Public Radio and Time magazine hailed the group as one of the “Top 5 Bands to See” at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin.
Joining Muse in the Company are Tommy Blank on guitar, Matt Parmenter on bass, Jeff Weathers on drums and Cody Ackors on trombone.
“We got together because we all had moved to Austin because of the greatness of the music scene here,” Muse says. “I’m from the Longview-Tyler [Texas] area, sort of close to Arkansas. Tommy is from Washington, D.C.; Matt is from Michigan; Jeff is from Houston; and Cody is from Waco.”
Muse cites his attraction to “hair metal” bands, which he quickly relinquished when he heard the first album by Weezer. When he heard Smashing Pumpkins, he knew he was on the right track.
“I knew I wanted to make those kinds of records,” he says, “and I began listening to The Beatles and the Smiths and so on.”
In their live shows, Quiet Company mainly does its own songs, although a few covers creep in, including songs by Neutral Milk Hotel and the Smiths. The group has opened shows for or toured with Cheap Trick, Eisley, The Old 97’s, Bob Schneider, Toadies and Evan Dando.
The band has released four albums, starting with 2006’s Shine Honesty, plus an EP, a live DVD and a Christmas single.
Quiet Company originally had been considered to be a band with Christian connections, but Muse hastens to add that he has “broken up” with religion.
“Our record, We Are All Where We Belong, had to do with leaving religion,” he says. “It was about the conflict between the transition from religion to nonreligion.”
The band has been successful at getting its songs onto various TV shows and series, ranging from Keeping Up With the Kardashians to Hart of Dixie, Real World New Orleans, My Generation, Royal Pains and Sims 3: Showtime.
“That Sims 3 show has its own language they speak,” Muse says, “and they translated my song into that language. We haven’t performed it yet in their language, however.”
Openers: The Tontons, The Fable & The Fury
9 p.m. Friday, Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 107 River Market Ave., Little Rock
Tickets: Over 21, $6; 18-21, $8
Weekend, Pages 34 on 09/19/2013
Print Headline: Quiet Company they aren’t