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Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

The Rousing Roar of the Quiet Hounds: The Interview


Quiet Hounds - Swans and EmbersRemember when you would play music through giant speakers through your really expensive rack of stereo components?  No?  Yeah, it’s been way too long.  Thanks to the resignation to convenience: listening to music out of your laptop or on your tinny iPhone, long gone are the days where you could wrap yourself in a sonic blanket of music and just drop out and listen.  In the world of mediocre musical efforts diminished even further by the smallest hand-held devices, something very peculiar emerges from a rousing band on the rise.

Quiet Hounds has been together for about two years and has only performed about 13 shows…no seriously, only about 13 shows and have almost doubled their audience after every show.  How?  Absolutely zero promotion, 100% word-of-mouth, killer hooks, and have become masters of crafting an unforgettable and electrifying experience in a live performance.  Somehow, Quiet Hounds has been able to pull off a minimalist approach in a world of TMI.

I was able to interview the band who has become known as the band behind the masks.  Endlessly fascinated by how thoughtful and provocative they’ve made every aspect of their existence, Quiet Hounds is reinventing the way we experience music.  Seriously, just TRY and get this song out of your head:

1.  You’ve created an entire Quiet Hounds experience by using a scarcity concept.  You aren’t over-exposed, only do a handful of concerts, and remain relatively anonymous by hiding behind masks.  Operating from this place, what does success look like for the band?
We’d like to believe that we’re leading by example, helping to put some emphasis on art in music. It has become such the “music business” that creating meaningful art has become almost obsolete. So I’d say we’ve already had many successes by the reciprocation we’ve received from our growing fan base. But like any artists, we’d like to have our art be the providing source of income for all of us, so that we can put more focus into it and grow it exponentially.
2)  The concept of the masks is to allow the listener to truly get lost in the music.  In today’s world, people are obsessed with what people are like offstage.  What are some conscious ways you keep yourselves as individuals hidden?  Is it difficult?
We started this whole thing with the intent to let the music speak for itself separate from our previous musical endeavors. We wanted to hear an honest response to the art unbiased by friends, family and fans from other projects. This spark, of course grew to become a grander thought that we could continue down a path of some anonymity. To make a statement, to unburden ourselves from ego, to show that what we do together is bigger than any one of us alone and that the true depth of soulful art is not the faces and names of the individuals involved but in the experiences shared by the audiences who uplift it.
3)  Quiet Hounds, although sparse in exposure, has created quite a buzz about their live shows.  How did that culminate?
The core of our marketing success stemmed from putting a compelling story in the hands of those who have voices beyond our own. Small bloggers, writers and podcasters really helped to stoke our embers into flame. Once the initial buzz was created we just had to deliver. Since our first show 1 year ago, we strive to create meaningful experiences for our audiences and we’ll continue to do so. We try to create shows that we’d want to go to, shows that we’d remember.
4)  Quiet Hounds’ music has ethereal elements, rootsy complexities, and builds the song around infectious harmonies.  Is there a primary songwriter or is it more collaborative?  When writing a song, what’s the most important element you keep focused on to stay true to QH?
Every member of this band is a writer. Everyone has offerings and input. But we do truly rally around our singer who has a gift of poetry and a voice that we all believe in. We try to find inspiration in history, culture, love and loss and in each other. We couldn’t do what we do without every part of this group and that is the driving force behind QH. With that said, as the producer of the group I want to let the songs tell us what they are supposed to sound like, so we aren’t trapped in boxes continually trying to recreate a success. Our music will evolve and we aren’t afraid of that.
5)  You tend to really make each live concert a very special event and there’s always a lot of hype from every experience.  After the Swans & Embers performance at The Swan House on October 4th,  what’s next?
Something interesting, mysterious and compelling…we hope. You must follow our internet streams to find out.

RadioPotato was proud to discover Quiet Hounds before they hit the scene and got to profile them here in 2011.  Check out Quiet Hounds critically and publicly acclaimed albums’ Southern Charm and Megaphona. If you’re in the Atlanta area on October 4th, you can be part of the unique QH experience “Swans and Embers,” a concert in three movements that will artfully depict the history of the storied Swan House at the Atlanta History Center. Quiet Hounds’ innovation in the live experience, thoughtful composition, and heart-gripping music makes you leaves you musing “what will they think of next?”  All their music is available for FREE on their website and you can purchase tickets to the Swans & Embers show HERE.

Oh and if you’re wondering where I’ve been, I had a cute little baby.  And what better reason to come out of hibernation than an interview with the Quiet Hounds.  Go see them live! You will never experience music the same-

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Allison Hare wrote 138 articles on this blog.

A modern-day dame with a bionic ear for discovering emerging artists and a penchant for live shows. Admitted radio junkie


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