Thursday, December 19, 2013

Quiet Hollers - Debut Album 'I Am The Morning'

Shadwick Wilde - Lead Vocals, Electric Guitar  
Adam Buntain - Acoustic Guitar  
Aaron West - Violin  
Nick Goldring - Vocals, Drums  
Ryan Scott - Vocals, Bass  

'I Am The Morning' is the debut album from Kentucky alt. country band, Quiet Hollers. Those familiar with songwriter and frontman Shadwick Wilde's earlier solo work will hear echoes of that brooding self-effacement that all but defined Unforgivable Things, his 2010 solo album. But the work here is a more cohesive entity, rather than a compilation of individual works.
The Louisville-based band seamlessly bridges the gap between the raw energy of Punk rock and the woeful wisdom of American heartland music, in seedy bars all around the country, and with little sleep in between. Fronted by singer/songwriter Shadwick Wilde, a veteran of hardcore punk outfits Brassknuckle Boys and Iron Cross, and whose self released solo album (Unforgivable Things, 2010) was the vehicle that sparked Quiet Hollers' inception -- originally to play just one show. But a chemistry like theirs doesn't come often... and when it does, you've got to hold on to it. Countless shows later, Quiet Hollers are still showing us why.

The band spent the better part of a balmy Kentucky summer, together inside the walls of Kevin Ratterman's Funeral Home Studio. Drummer Nick Goldring disobeyed his Doctor's orders and recorded all his drum tracks while wearing a full neck brace, and nursing a teardrop fracture in his C4 vertebra -- an injury sustained jumping from the top of a waterfall in rural Tennessee. And while five men recorded their first album together, families continued to honor their decedents in the rooms of the funeral parlor below. That haunting solemnity isn't hard to pick out of this album. Rather it is dripping with it. These eight songs range from quiet tracks (Road Song) recorded in one take with one guitar, to raucous and vast ballads pushing the seven-minute mark (Flying Song.)

Recorded inside a working funeral home, and by a band whose drummer's neck was literally broken, this stunning debut bridges the gaps between hope and despair -- and between the raw energy of Punk rock, and the woeful wisdom of American heartland music.

1. Road Song
2. Their Dark Robes
3. Some Day Darlin
4. Not Oceans, Not Skies
5. Boxer Song
6. Deep Sea Mama
7. Mean Avenues
8. Flying Song

Motorcycle Song (Live).mp3
Recorded live at Quiet Hollers' first show.  June 12th, 2010, at the Monkey Wrench in Louisville, KY

Live on 91.9 WFPK Radio Louisville.mp3

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