Quiet Hounds

21 Nov

“We create the music to inspire the story, the song, the lyrics and the melodies.”

Nothing intrigues me more than a band coming out with explosive music, but their faces are nowhere to be found. Their faces are hidden behind animal masks, carefully hiding their identities. Who are these men behind masks and why are their identities hidden? Well, for starters, they don’t think that their faces have any importance on their art. There is so much focus on looks these days, record companies manufacturing these beautiful faces with not such beautiful talent. I think it’s completely incredible that a band like Quiet Hounds has come along to show us all that beauty has nothing to do with talent. Their songwriting is epic and I could listen to their music all day, I could really care less what they look like, because the talent that develops between them is incredibly charming. I recently interviewed the mystery men behind Quiet Hounds and got a little more insight on the band behind the cover-ups.

Q. In your music, it’s apparent that instrumentals are equally as important as the vocals. Do you ever have the urge to create a song without vocals, or do you think that the vocals make a song stronger?

A. D. We create the music to inspire the story, the song, the lyrics and the melodies. It’s like building a beautiful house and not inviting anyone to live in it. What would be the point?

E. Every song that’s written starts out in instrumental state. We like to tweak and mold these sounds tonally and melodically before we even think about what’s going to happen lyrically. More often than not, its the song that inspires what it wants to be about. In just about every case, the composition is strong enough to stand on its own. I guess we wouldn’t be opposed to long instrumentals, soundscapes or soundtracks, so long as it still tells a story. Telling that story instrumentally just hasn’t happen for us yet. We’ll let you know when the instrumental urge comes on.

Q. Your debut album was recorded in just two weeks, and some artists can take years to record new albums. What was your driving force behind recording this album?

A. D. Honestly, the inspiration of meeting and learning about each other. These songs came together quickly because our attention was constantly on our inspiration. It’s a hard beast to harness but sometimes it just happens effortlessly.

E. Night Parade happened out of something contained in all of us for quite some time. We were all going through a lot of change at that time. I imagine it was something on the tip of everyone’s tongue or just below the surface of our skin. But the first time we hit record, there was a chemistry in the studio that we stumbled into. We had access to the right talent and gear to capture all the things we were hearing at that moment. There wasn’t a lot of planning or premeditation going on and we weren’t afraid to make any mistakes. We heard it. We tracked it. Some made the cut, some fell by the way side. Those that made it define a moment of change, of defiance, of a moment we all realized how much we loved making music together.

Q. You have so many different sounds on your album, making it kind of hard to place you in a specific genre. If you had to pick a genre for your music, which would you pick, or would you create your own genre?

A. D. Your first sentence pretty much says it all. We are always going to write what comes to us and let the listeners decide where it “belongs”.

E. Genres are like cages.

Q. A simple Google search and a visit to your website doesn’t divulge a lot of information on the band. It seems the most information about you is on your Facebook profile. Was this intentional to keep yourselves a sort of mystery to your growing fan base?

A. D. If Gotham new Bruce Wayne was Batman, there would be no story to tell. We want to bring back some of the mystery and excitement that used to be associated with bands. I’m still enthralled with the fantasy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.

Q. Do any of you have any solo projects, or any aspirations to do a solo project in the future?

A. D. These aren’t the first works this group of people have been a part of, but it is what we are most proud of. I think that we all agree that this is the music we want to create and we’re all excited to see how it evolves.

Q. When it comes to songwriting, is there a certain way you guys like to tackle it? Does one person write the lyrics while another comes up with the music, or is it all a collaborative effort?

A. D. The music is all collaborative, and a lot of melody becomes established before the lead vocal melodies and lyrics are ever conceived. But there is one lyricist and the rest of us believe wholeheartedly in what he has to say.

Q. Non-musically related, what are your biggest influences in your song writing?

A. M. My father. He taught me everything I know about pop music. Every time we come up with a new track, I think, “Would dad like this one?” He keeps me striving towards success.

Q. If you could pick any band, past or present to tour with and to gather knowledge from, who would it be?

A. D. Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney.

E. Wilco, Elbow, Radiohead.

M. The Rolling Stones. They have played all over the world and most of the time intoxicated. They surly have more stamina than any other band. I would die to learn their secrets for the road.

Q. Do you guys ever experiment with cover songs? If so, do you have a go to song or artist that you cover?

A. M. I have always wanted to cover the Clampdown by the Clash. So rocking. One day.

E. We have a few covers we fallback on when the moment calls for it. The Glands are one our favorites to fall back on. You’ll find us conjuring sounds from My Morning Jacket every now and then as well.

Q. If you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life and could only bring one of your songs to listen to, which one would it be and why?

A. D. Southern Charm. There are moments I get lost in that song and forget that I’m a part of it. As for being stranded on an island…how can we make this happen do you know a guy?

M. Gigantic. It is so pure and approachable. I would listen to it every morning before spear fishing.

E. Most likely Art of War. There’s a lot going on in that song textually and melodically. I imagine it could occupy my mind for days as I scrounge for food with Mr. Wilson under my arm while waiting for FedEx to realize I’m gone.

Here is one of my favorites, Hemlock, off of their self-titled EP, which you can download for free here. I highly recommend their music.

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