The Humanist Hour #99: Rockin’ Humanistic Values with Taylor Muse of Quiet Company

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In this episode, Todd and Kim interview Taylor Muse—singer, songwriter, and guitarist for the band Quiet Company. Hailing from Austin, TX, Quiet Company has been making a name for themselves nationally for their energetic live shows and anthemic, dynamic, indie-rock — which critics have called a mix of The Beatles, Death Cab for Cutie, Arcade Fire & Weezer — with attention from the likes of the New York Times, Paste Magazine, NPR (Top 5 Bands to See at SXSW), Last Call with Carson Daly, Houston Chronicle, Austin Chronicle and more.

During SXSW 2014, Quiet Company added “Rock Band of the Year” to their previous 10 Austin Music Awards including Band of the Year, Album of the Year, Rock Band of the Year, Indie Band of the Year and Song of the Year, all won on the strength of their 2011 release, “We Are All Where We Belong.”

After the success of their 2013 album re-release, “A Dead Man on My Back: Shine Honesty Revisited,” the band was chosen to be a Red Bull Sound Select Artist and featured on a segment on NPR’s All Things Considered, which rekindled interest in “We Are All Where We Belong” and shot the album up to #7 on the iTunes Rock charts nearly 2 years after release.

After an amazing year on the road with festivals including NXNE, CMJ, ACL Fest and more, the band kicked off 2014 in the studio writing their highly anticipated new full-length, “Transgressor,” in Austin, TX with Matt Noveskey (Blue October) producing & mixed by the legendary Tim Palmer (U2, Pearl Jam, The Cure). Never one to write the same album twice, “Transgressor” is a departure from anything Quiet Company has recorded before. With its soaring guitar & fuzzed-out bass lines, the album shines with the addition of two new members to the band. New drummer Evan Smoker’s pulsing rhythms and Bill Gyrta’s melodic synth lines perfectly compliment Taylor Muse’s confessional lyrics and cathartic tenor. Evoking comparisons to Foo Fighters, Pavement & Manchester Orchestra, Quiet Company’s “Transgressor” will be leading the way as rock makes a return to form in 2014.

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