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Quiet Company & The Rocketboys w/ The Lonely Hunter & Scientist
April 26, 2014 @ 9:00 pm
The Austin, TX band, Quiet Company has been making a name for themselves nationally for 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 & Weezer — with attention from the likes of the NY Times, Paste Magazine, NPR (Top 5 Bands to See at SXSW), Last Call with Carson Daly, Houston Chronicle, Austin Chronicle and more. During SXSW 2012, Quiet Company won 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. 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. After an amazing year on the road with festivals including NXNE, CMJ, ACL Fest and more, the band is excited to be back home in Austin recording their highly anticipated new full-length, Transgressor, which will be released Summer 2014.
On their recent recordings “20,000 Ghosts” and “Wellwisher,” The Rocketboys perfectly married themes of unity and brotherhood with rich, soaring rock, lifting the band to national critical acclaim. The band supported its releases with lengthy tours and multiple festival appearances. Almost inevitably though the rigors of the road took their toll, eventually rupturing the band’s momentum in the winter of 2010-11. Three members of the sextet of college friends from Abilene, Texas left to focus on other endeavors, and the split nearly ended the band. The resulting hiatus did have its upside, allowing front-man Brandon Kinder a window both to release a solo EP (under the name “The Wealthy West”) and to pen the theme song for The Discovery Channel’s new hit show “Bering Sea Gold.” However, in the end, the three remaining members (Kinder, keyboardist Justin Wiseman, and bassist Josh Campbell) agreed they weren’t at peace letting their collaborative venture cease to exist. The initial hurdles of rebuilding, though difficult and disheartening, began to give way to new-found inspiration. Though the song-writing process drastically changed as a result of the reduced lineup, with less proverbial “cooks in the kitchen,” a more broad, dynamic range of ideas and visions than ever fermented and flourished. The end result and forthcoming album is Build Anyway. Recorded in their home studio and mixed by CJ Eiriksson (U2, Live, Phish), the album chronicles the emotions through the brokenness in abandonment to the search for peace and closure, both personally and musically. Build Anyway is set for a June 5th release followed by national touring in Summer 2012. “What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.” – Kent Keith (made famous by Mother Teresa)
THE LONELY HUNTER
After a couple years, a couple name changes and a few lineup adjustments, central Texas-based alternative rock band Lonely Hunter — formerly known as The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter — is back at it again. After a successful tour in support of the band’s original self-titled EP in 2011, life’s little things caught up with the band, and marriage, school, graduation and work teamed up to throw the band in a temporary hiatus. But now, Lonely Hunter is ready to shake off the dust and hit the road again with brand new tunes and their new EP, When Winter Comes, with the help of M.D. Thompson and Ivory Tower Realizations.
“After close to a year of making music and recording demos, we felt we needed to release an album,” says bassist Jacob Massey. “We felt it necessary for two main reasons: First, it had been over two years since our previous release and we were still playing the same songs at every set. We needed new material. Secondly, we were and are actively trying to adjust our sound in a newer direction.”
The band now consists of vocalist/guitarist Collin Brewer, guitarist Tyler Kern, bassist Jacob Massey and drummer Austin Laskowski. Although they have dealt with a few lineup changes, Lonely Hunter is ready to buckle down and release a full-length album very soon. “There’s a process of learning to be a band again that comes with new musicians — everyone has different styles and sensibilities,” says Massey. “We wanted to make a full-length record and talked for awhile about how it ought to sound and feel. It’s important to us for our albums to maintain a sense of unity front to back, both in sound and content. The Resolution EP  is all about a particularly devastating breakup and both the fallout and rebuilding therein, Lonely Hunter EP  deals very much with isolation and the hope and desire for connection.”
When Winter Comes consists of brand new music that the band is very proud of and believes representative of who they are as a band now, transitioning the listener onto a whole new direction. The first track, “Dry Land,” will feel very familiar to a Lonely Hunter fan. As it progresses to “Rest,” “Not Coming Down,” and finally, the title track, “When Winter Comes,” any listener will be able to hear and feel the music change within them. “Dry Land” might feel comfortable for Lonely Hunter, but the band believes “Not Coming Down” will make a fan pause and think this new direction is totally worthwhile and will appeal to any listener, old and new alike.
Lonely Hunter has shared the stage with artists like The Rocket Summer, Lovedrug, David Ramirez, The Rocketboys, Ivoryline and The Canvas Waiting and have performed in multiple showcases with SXSW and the Austin City Limits Music Festival. The band has also played multiple sold-out shows at the Grand Stafford Theater.
Scientist is from deep in the heart of Texas. In early 2011, Brandon DuBois and Jesse Schaefer began writing their debut, World EP. Produced by grammy nominated band, After Edmund, the band recorded the five song EP over the course of twelve months. Inspired by The Killers and Passion Pit, the record consists of five songs that are pop rock to the core and wrapped with an electronic bow.
Scientist is constantly in The Lab working on new videos and responses to The Experiment, a feature where people submit cover videos of Scientist songs, and in return, Scientist covers one of theirs. Along with that, nerd glasses and pocket protectors are given out at every show, and anyone who tags Scientist in a nerdy picture will end up on the website.
The Scientist boys can be found in the Mobile Lab on tour promoting World EP with their captivating live show, complete with instrument switches, electronic breaks, and crowd participation.