The Rousing Roar of the Quiet Hounds: The Interview
Remember 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:
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?
3) Quiet Hounds, although sparse in exposure, has created quite a buzz about their live shows. How did that culminate?
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?
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?
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-