After three years in out-of-print limbo, Quiet Company‘s debut album, Shine Honesty, is back. The Live Music Capital-based indie quintet re-released the album this month, with a different spin: Quiet Company reworked and rerecorded the album, a measure the band decided to take in order to show how Taylor Muse and his bandmates have “grown and changed musically” since its 2006 release.
Muse, lead vocals and guitarist, said there had been talk in the air between band members about re-releasing the album for some time now.
“Everything about it is better than the original version,” Muse said of the re-recorded version, titled A Dead Man On My Back: Shine Honesty Revisited. “When I made that record (in 2006) it was just me. Some of the songs weren’t quite finished, and it’s a shame they were recorded that way.”
Muse went on to describe how there was no record of evolution in the songs over the last seven years. The fact that Quiet Company was never quite satisfied with the initial outcome, and ownership issues with their label at the time—Northern Records—was what eventually led a decision to rerecord and re-release the debut.
The lead man feels as though the band is a completely different group than they have been in recent years. Besides a sense of maturity in their craft, Quiet Company has transformed from a solo project relying heavily on tracks and prerecorded samples to becoming a more organic and progressive-natured quintet.
“There was a lot of performance stuff on (the original recording) that I couldn’t listen to without cringing,” Muse said. “And (Northern Records) had all of the masters and rights. We wanted to redo it so we have it to sell. Basically, it’s another money making tool and we wanted our songs back in our possession. If anyone should own them, then it should be us.”
Muse said the band has been “full time” for a few months now. Being sustainable by paying their bills, continuing to tour and making records is the goal the Austin indie group has temporarily set for themselves.
“But we want to be more efficient and better by finding a way to make an independent band successful,” Muse said. “I just kind of think all things are improved, or what I hope. But I’m on the inside—my perspective is probably skewed.”
Muse thinks bands that work as hard as Quiet Company are few and far between, and working hard at their performances is part of that ethic.
“We try really hard to perform well and make our shows energetic, but I don’t know if that sets us apart.” Muse said. “I never really have a good answer for it. I don’t know what sets everything apart. You like it or you don’t. It connects with you or it doesn’t. That doesn’t mean it’s bad, it just means for you it meant something.”
A Dead Man On My Back: Shine Honesty Revisited was released Tuesday and is available digitally and in select national retailers. The album features two new tracks, “Gun Control Means Using Both Hands” and “And You Said It Was Pretty Here.”
Watch the official music video for “The Emasculated Man and the City That Swallowed Him” from Quiet Company’s new album below.