The Features’ exhilarating new Wilderness (Serpents and Snakes/Bug Music) quickly establishes the Nashville-based combo as one of the most exciting and imaginative bands working today. Songs like “Another One” and “Fats Domino” are marvels of pop ingenuity, animated by vivid lyrics, unshakable hooks, and experimental soul. Wilderness is an amalgamation of influences and inspirations – spanning elements of Krautrock, indie, psychedelia, and classic AOR – to conjure up The Features’ own inimitable, indescribable sound.

“I feel like we walk this fine line,” says singer/guitarist Matt Pelham. “We’re not weird enough for a certain crowd and we’re a little bit too out there for the other crowd. We fall in the middle somewhere between mainstream and hipster, which puts us in this weird place, but we’re all pretty happy to be here.”

The album, which follows 2009’s acclaimed Some Kind Of Salvation, (released on Kings of Leon’s label, Serpents and Snakes, a venture with music publisher, Bug Music), began coming together upon The Features’ return home after a lengthy 2010 tour alongside Manchester Orchestra. Pelham and fellow Features Roger Dabbs (bass), Mark Bond (keyboards), and Rollum Haas (drums) enjoyed a brief domestic hiatus before quickly hitting the practice space to woodshed new material. Wilderness was produced with Brian Carter, who recorded their 2003 release, The Beginning EP, and engineer Craig Alvin at Carter’s Paradox Productions Recording Service in Nashville, Tennessee.

Coming into the studio straight away off the road gave The Features a full head of steam, which meshed with their desire to capture some of their on-stage power. The goal, Pelham says, was to make a record that sounded, “like the band was playing live in your living room.”

The result of the month-long sessions is as painstakingly crafted as it is full-on, with Pelham’s distinctive songcraft expertly matched by the band’s sonic inventiveness. “Big Mama” and “Rambo” had already been staples of The Features’ live show, while tracks like the swingin’ psych-pop opener “Content” were spontaneously created in the studio. Other highlights include the prog-fueled “Golden Comb, with its dynamic tempo changes and multipart arrangement, and the howling rocker, “Kids,” which brandishes the Tennessean band’s native gift for their own version of meaty, big beat boogie.

“I was hearing The Monks in my head,” Haas says of the latter track, “but I think it ended up coming out sounding more like Deep Purple.”

“It’s funny,” Pelham says, “all of us at this point seem to have gone back to things we grew up listening to. We’ve started to reappreciate classic rock, which was all we could get where we lived. It wasn’t until I went to college in Murfreesboro that I found there was another world outside of things like Tom Petty.”

Since releasing The Beginning EP in 2003, The Features have assembled quite the catalog of accomplishments, spanning single releases on the UK’s trendsetting Fierce Panda label, two well-received albums, and a long history of tours as headliners as well as supporting such like-minded artists as their pals Kings of Leon. As Wilderness demonstrates, the spirit of musical adventure continues to both define and motivate The Features. “We’ve always kept moving with new material,” Haas says.

“Even when we rehearse, we tend to not go through old songs. I’ve seen a lot of bands that rehearse the material down to where I think everyone would get bored of it. When we get together, even if it’s to rehearse for a tour, we tend to work on new ideas.”

“That’s the exciting part for us,” says Pelham, “to be in a practice space, creating a song. The more we do that, the more fun we have as a band. We like touring and playing live, but the creative process of putting a song together is the rush for everybody. So the more we can write and create, the more excitement there is within the band.”

With Wilderness, The Features have crafted yet another exceptional installment in what is shaping up as quite the impressive body of work. Ever evolving and always ambitious, this is a band in it for the long haul. The Features can’t imagine it any other way.

“I think most guys would’ve quit,” Haas says, “but all of us just love playing music. That’s the biggest part of it. We haven’t gotten bored with it yet.”

“Since we were kids, the only thing any of us ever wanted to do was play music,” says Pelham. “We aren’t really happy doing anything other than that. At this point, it’s gone on so long that I don’t know what else we would do. It’s all we know.”

In 2011 Quiet Company spent the majority of their time writing & recording their most ambitious & thought provoking album to date, "We Are All Where We Belong." In late summer they were approached by Grooveshark & signed to their new Artist Development program. Since July 1st, Quiet Company has garnered a global audience, thanks to their partnership with Grooveshark. Quiet Company's Facebook fans jumped from 2,800 in July to over 50,000 by February & their video for "Fear & Fallacy, Sitting in a Tree" reached over 100,000 plays in under 3 months. Quiet Company is averaging well over 50,000 song plays a day on Grooveshark alone all across the globe.
In October, Quiet Company released their new album, "We Are All Where We Belong" which received the best reviews & response the band has earned to date. They were invited to play Deluna Fest in Florida as well as CMJ in New York.
Quiet Company was chosen as a Deluna Fest Spotlight Artist and was featured on an episode of Last Call with Carson Daly.
Quiet Company will start 2012 by releasing a video & single for "You, Me & the Boatman" in February and continue to play shows regionally as they build momentum for their SXSW 2012 appearance.

2010 Highlights:
2010 was a break out year for Austin, TX's QUIET COMPANY.
They began the year by playing SXSW 2010 & self-producing/recording their 6 track EP, Songs for Staying In, which was released to incredible critical acclaim in May, 2010. The 1st single, "How Do You Do It" was quickly added to KGSR's rotation, and with in weeks, was also a staff pick selection by KROX's Trevin Smith and added into full rotation on their station as well. "How Do You Do It" was featured for over 4 months on both stations.

The enormous amount of radio play drastically increased Quiet Company's profile around Texas and earned them opening spots on tours with the Toadies, Bob Schneider & Rooney and allowed them to play in front of sold out crowds at the House of Blues in Dallas and Houston.
The demand in Austin for Quiet Company exploded in 2010. They received offers to headline the historic Threadgills World Headquarters, Antones, & Emo's and continued to play monthly in Austin with an ever increasing draw.

The highlight of the year came when they were asked to record a session for ACL presents Satellite Stages at the world famous KLRU studios 6A in August.
http://www.klru.org/satellitesets/artist/quiet-company/

Quiet Company's music made a splash on TV as well. Their songs were featured on multiple episodes of MTV's The Real World New Orleans, Keeping Up With the Kardashians & they were asked to play themselves on an episode of ABC's My Generation and had 2 songs featured in the series.

Quiet Company ended 2010 with a tour in September that took them through the Midwest including Chicago, Nashville, Cincinnati, Shreveport.
In November of 2010 they began recording & self-producing their 3rd album which is on schedule to be released in Spring 2011.

2009 Highlights:
Shifting their focus from spreading their time thin over the national touring circuit to developing their fan base locally and regionally, Quiet Company made huge strides and built considerable buzz in 2009.

They released their sophmore record, "Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon," to critical praise in March 09 and shared the stage with bands such as The Toadies, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Los Lonely Boys, This Will Destroy You, Dear & The Headlights, Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday, The Rocketboys, and Alpha Rev.

"Everyone" received regular radio play on Austin radio stations KROX, KUT, COOP, & KLBJ while the videos for the first two singles, "On Modern Men" and "Its Better To Spend Money..." find themselves in regular rotation on local music channel METV as well as numerous internet radio/film podcasts from all over America, Canada, and Europe.

Quiet Company's catalog was licensed out to a few non exclusive licensing companies and thus far has been used by Sweet Leaf Tea's Sweet Leaf TV, as well as two episodes of E! Network's Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and an upcoming episode of MTV's Real World.

Since their inception in 2005, Quiet Company has traveled all over the country, logging over 400 shows just since 2007, and though the lineup has changed, the goal never has: To write epic pop music that is intelligent, honest, and thought provoking. -------------------------------------------------------------------------

Extra Notes:
• Released the self-produced EP "Songs for Staying In" in May 2010.
• Top 5 finalist 2 years in a row (2007,2008) for the Dell Lounge Austin City Limits Battle of the Bands selected from several hundred bands each year.
• Festivals played in 2010: SXSW 2010, 35 Confederate in Denton, TX, & Rock the Republic 2010 in Bryan, Tx
• The singles from the 2009 album Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon, "It's Better to Spend Money…" & "On Modern Men" were featured on 101.5FM KROX's Next Big Thing show for over 30+ weeks & running.
• The single "How Do You Do It" from the 2010 EP, Songs For Staying In was added into rotation on both KGSR & KROX, making Quiet Company the 1st band to be added to both stations in full rotation without a major label.
• On Dec 5th, 2010KGSR added the 2nd Single, "The Biblical Sense of the Word" to rotation.
• An acoustic version of "How Do You Do It" was featured on KGSR's Broadcast Vol 18 CD
• Radio play in Austin on KOOP FM. KROX FM. KUT, KLBJ, KVRX, as well as frequent radio play on internet radio station WOXY.
• The videos for "It's Better to Spend Money…" & "On Modern Men" are featured daily on music video channel ME Television broadcast from Austin, Tx
• Frequently headline major venues in Austin including Antones, The Parish, Stubbs BBQ, Emo's Lounge, Threadgills World Headquarters.
• Quiet Company's music has been featured on several TV shows including MTV's The Real World New Orleans, E!'s Keeping Up With the Kardashians, ABC's My Generation

Home By Hovercraft

Home By Hovercraft is a theatrically and classically influenced rock band led by husband and wife duo Seth Magill (vocals/ tuba) and Shawn Magill (piano/ vocals/ xylophone). Rounded out by Seth’s sister Abbey Magill (step dance), Max Hartman (drums, also lead singer for Mur), Johnny Sequenzia (mandolin/ harmonica), and guest artist Becki Howard (violin, also of Sarah Jaffe, Bethan, The Crash That Took Me) they’ve been compared to indie bands with a classical/ folk twist like Beirut, The Dresden Dolls, The National, and Tilly And The Wall.

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Saturday, June 1 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Trees

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