Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Smile, like you've got nothing to prove. No matter what you might do, there's always someone out there cooler than you.

Have you ever seen anything this adorable? C'mon 5 o'clock!

Last night, Tommy was feeling under the weather and couldn't make it out to practice. Rather than reschedule, Jeff, Matt, and I got together to start working up a new song. At the end of the night, we did a rough recording of what we'd come up with for Tommy to have to familiarize himself with. The song we were working on last night is called "Preaching to the Choir Invisible, Part I (What Do You Think Happens When We Die?)" We're almost done fleshing out "Preaching to the Choir Invisible, Part II (What Do You Think Happens When We Live?)" and it's coming along nicely. As you can probably tell, album 3 will see my return to ridiculously long song titles. On the EP, there's only one such title.

I'm trying to think simply with the writing of the third record. At least, as far as instrumentation is concerned. My default idea for any song is "make it build to the end and when we get there we'll put every fucking instrument we can find on it. It will be EPIC!" It's worked pretty well for me so far, but what's the point in making new art if you're not at least trying to push yourself out of your comfort zone?

I'm certainly out of my comfort zone with some of the lyrics. If I were to write a cheesy promo bio for the songs thus far it would probably be something like "Quiet Company comes to terms with disbelief while relishing love and fatherhood." or maybe just "Quiet Company calls 'bullshit' on organized religion, remains optimistic." This will probably be the closest thing to a breakup record I'll ever get to write, and sometimes it feels too personal for comfort. I wrote a lyric the other day that really kind of hurt a little. Songwriting for me is very introspective and revealing and the truth seems way more potent when you sing it. Anyway, if you've been waiting for Quiet Company to get more theatrical and minor chordy, then you just may be in luck.


  1. just for the hell of it...two other favorites...
    Beware of Dogma
    You Cant Win With Original Sin

    Just joking around, by the way. I'm sure whatever you guys do next will as edifying as your last two albums.

  2. I like the long song titles Taylor. It's very "Smiths" of you.

  3. I certainly agree about the picture of Harper!

  4. I was thinking the titles sounded very Daniel Quinn.

    I know you don't like poetry, but I write it and take it seriously, so I'm going to liken writing it to writing lyrics.

    Whenever I write something that makes me uncomfortable to share or something that hurts me to think about, I know I've hit on something really powerful because it's the things that scare us about ourselves that are the most powerful. My theory anyway.