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First Friday Featuring Quiet Company with Nic Armstrong & The Thieves, Shark Rider, and The Ex-Optimists
November 4, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Through the release of three LPs and endless touring, the Austin, Texas band Quiet Company has been making a name for themselves nationally with their energetic live shows and their anthemic, dynamic, indie rock which critics have called a mix of The Beatles, Death Cab for Cutie, Arcade Fire and Weezer. They’ve gained a huge fanbase while gathering praise from The New York Times, TIME, NPR, Last Call with Carson Daly, Paste Magazine, Houston Chronicle, Austin Chronicle and more.
Quiet Company won Rock Band of the Year during SXSW 2014, adding 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.
Nic Armstrong & Thieves
An Austin, Texas-based Englishman with an eclectic retro-pop palette, Nic Armstrong and his band the Thieves pair Beatlesque melodies with bluesy American trad rock and vintage Kinks, Who, and Rolling Stones-inspired guitar riffage.
Shark Rider formed in the sun drenched summer of 2015 from a collection of Austin musicians. They came together almost accidentally, and within a couple of practices had began manufacturing a unique punk infused brand of rowdy surf rock.
They take inspiration from the rugged surf guitars and perfected tones of the Ventures and Dick Dale, as well as the crushing riffs and catchy new wave hooks of The Cars, Joe Jackson, and Weezer.
Shark Rider is currently based out of Austin Texas, writing and recording there, while taking their show anywhere and everywhere as often as they can.
“Wow, this is great! At their most subdued moments, this sounds like a shoegaze record that should have come out in the early ‘90s. I hear similarities to bands like Ride, Slowdive, or Pale Saints. You know the sound: quiet yet tuneful pop songs often with layers of guitar effects and softly sung vocals. When the songs here venture out and get more aggressive, they almost veer into Superchunk-esque pop songs. Both options work great together and compliment each other, as the band keeps a single identity throughout the record rather than sounding like someone changing their style from song to song.” — Mark Twistworthy, Razorcake