Quiet Company: “A Nation of Two”
There’s something oddly familiar about Austin quartet Quiet Company‘s sound. Frontman and multi-instrumentalist Taylor Muse has been working in the music business for much longer than his young age would imply. Muse was a central figure in the major label debut album of the East Texas pop-rock outfit, Eisley (Muse played bass and helped put together some of the tunes on the record). He began recording under the moniker, Quiet Company, in the middle part of last decade, releasing a full-length in 2006 called Shine Honesty.
In 2008, Muse recruited three other Austin musicians to flesh out the band’s sound. It all came together with the release of Quiet Company’s latest EP, Songs for Staying In, which emerged as one of the better recordings to come out of the live music capital in 2010. The band is currently working on a third full-length record at guitarist Matt Parmenter’s apartment studio, Ice Cream Factory Studios.
“A Nation of Two” appeared on the band’s 2009 release, Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon. However, this version of the progressively building pop-rock number was captured in a live performance in KUT’s Studio 1A. The song illustrates Muse and Co.’s ability to craft the smart, hook-laden pop that’s made Quiet Company a staple of the current Austin music scene.