How many times have you used the word “awesome” today? How about fabulous, incredible or amazing? Best [insert a word of your choice here] ever?
We’ve become a society where excess fails to have meaning anymore. Where we lack words to describe the truly phenomenal. Nowhere is this more true than in music.
So, in a music world like that, how do you redefine the term “artist?”
You become the Quiet Hounds. That’s how.
Appearing almost out of thin air in the summer of 2011, this indie rock band is an enigma on today’s scene. They’ve kept their identities shrouded, literally behind masks, letting only the few hundred people who have seen them perform live in on who they are. They’ve shunned the present day music model of constant in your face promotionalism. They have given away every shred of music they’ve recorded – not sold, given away. They’ve performed only a handful of times in their 18-months, furthering the mystical air about the quintet. They write songs with deep meaning, and put together cinematic videos to accompany them.
And speaking from experience, I will tell you this: a Quiet Hounds live performance will change how you view concerts forever. It is an experience beyond words. Above the excess.
You might think that once a handful of fans discovered their identities that the cat would be out of the bag. Instead, it’s become an almost cult-like secret, one where those in the know protect the identities of the band members to help them further their prevailing goal: to make art that moves the soul.
On February 24th, we may find out a bit more about the men behind the masks. Quiet Hounds are celebrating what they are calling their first anniversary with a live, online concert they’ve dubbed “Origin.” If you’ve been privy to any other QH shows, you know that what they choose to call the show is linchpin to the entire event. Teasing the concert with the line, “This is the fabled tale of our humble beginning. Of the darkness and hope that innately drives us all to get up and go,” I was dying to know what the guys had in store. So I reached out to ask.
It seems that the symbiosis of the fan-artist relationship runs a whole lot deeper with this group of modern day renaissance musicians – and it’s so refreshing that it gets me even more excited about their music. Here’s the response from one of the Hounds on what fans can expect from the online performance:
“An Ode to Lost Souls was only the beginning. The profound effect our audience has had on the group is our driving force. We’re striving to push ourselves to create meaningful experiences from here on out. With Origin, we’ll be recounting the tale of how the Quiet Hounds came to be and hopefully creating even more mystery with the reveal. And you can bet you’ll hear some new music if you tune in for the webcast.”
Need they say more? Watch the beautiful teaser for the event below and get more information or tickets to the event at www.quiethounds.com.
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