By: Ryan Kor
“There is a storm coming soon.” These seven words are not merely a statement about the weather, but a promise.
Last week I tweeted the Quiet Hounds, an ethereal Indie/Rock group, and inquired about when they were next scheduled to play a show. I have an impressively low number of followers on Twitter—four to be exact—and did not even think the Quiet Hounds would see my tweet, much less respond back. But to my shock and elation, they responded in a way that is truly fitting for the mysterious group; “There is a storm coming soon.”
I was introduced to the Quiet Hounds by a friend who saw them perform at Athfest 2013. The Atlanta native band has a sound that is original, but hauntingly simple. Vocal harmonies intermix with driving drum beats and cascading guitar riffs to create an organic orchestra of beauty. Inspired by history, the Quiet Hounds reference the Civil War in several of their songs. Their music alone sets them apart from many current day bands, but their signature stage presence makes them a true enigma; they perform wearing animal masks.
Fox, wolf and hound. The masks are an extension of the allusions to nature the Quiet Hounds incorporate in many of their songs. It’s clear that the Quiet Hounds find value in obscuring their identity and remaining anonymous, and their mystery only makes fans like me more intrigued. Their newest album, Wild Hunt, was recently featured on the iTunes homepage.
It is my stubborn goal to see the Quiet Hounds live, despite how difficult they are to track down. The Quiet Hounds rarely announce dates for their upcoming shows. Their vague response to my tweet was all I needed to keep the hunt alive. I intend to check for their upcoming shows constantly until I am gazing at their masks from the audience.
There is a storm coming soon. I better bring my umbrella.