Thursday, April 10, 2008

Quiet Storm

I mentioned in a previous post that I had been hoping The Quiet Ones would open for Fleet Foxes and Blitzen Trapper at Bowery Ballroom a couple weeks back, as they had been doing so on select West Coast dates. Alas, it was not to be, but my enthusiasm for this band (from Seattle, by way of Knoxville TN) is nowhere near diminished. Their new Sound of Fog 7" arrived in my mailbox yesterday and it is a truly enjoyable three-song vinyl nugget. The double A-side features "Sound of Fog" and "Valerie," both from their forthcoming LP Better Walk Than Ride Like That, and the B-side features an older cut, "Oceans in Your Eyes," recorded live during a KEXP studio session.

Taken together, the three songs are a solid representation of the The Quiet Ones' sound, placing them somewhere between the current crop of their fellow Northwest bands and the poppier side of recent Sonic Youth and Thurston Moore releases. You can preview these and a bunch of other songs on their MySpace page (don't miss "Girls and Uniforms," very likely to blow up when the album drops).

When you're done there, head over to Sonic Boom and order the 7" for a measly $4.99, before it sells out. It comes with a CD so you can easily put all three songs in your precious little iPod.

Mark my words, this band is headed for greatness.

Note: I first heard The Quiet Ones on Setlist, The Stranger's weekly podcast of Seattle bands. It's a little hit-or-miss but they cover a lot of ground and I recommend it if you're interested in staying up on new stuff from the PNW.

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