Quiet Company

Quiet Company has one of the more interesting backstories to come along in a while, but even that's not as compelling as their actual music. Over two albums, the Austin five-piece began making a few waves in Christian-rock circles without ever identifying themselves as such, though their themes and lyrics were close enough for Christian fans. Then when leader Taylor Muse realized he was losing his own faith, he channeled his spiritual crisis into a record that doesn't sound like a crisis at all. Quiet Company's third album, We Are All Where We Belong, mingles love songs to Muse's young daughter with the idea that "the pagan and the pious, they all sound the same," in lushly realized indie rock rooted in Grandaddy and Sparklehorse, but whose swells can be as grandiose and dynamic as Polyphonic Spree and Arcade Fire. If Quiet Company was a minor success on the Christian circuit before, Belong was a smash hit in their hometown — walking away with a staggering nine wins at this year's Austin Music Awards. Saturday night with Houston's the Tontons (who headline) and Featherface, Quiet Company — last seen around here sweating bullets at Free Press Summer Fest — will at least put their faith in the power of air-conditioning.

 
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