Interview: Quiet Company
Frontman Taylor Muse on grape jelly, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more

Since its formation in 2000, Austin alt-quartet Quiet Company has been loudly clawing its way into the scene with its dynamic stage shows and energetic approach to indie rock.  With the success of its latest EP, A Dead Man On My Back: Shine Honesty Revisited, Quiet Company has been compared to the likes of Arcade Fire and Weezer, in addition to playing shows with legends such as Cheap Trick and The Toadies, and is well on the way to becoming a household name.  Joonbug had the opportunity to speak with the band’s hilarious frontman, Taylor Muse, on grape jelly, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more:

How would you describe your sound?

Dynamic rock music where melody is king.  Also, uncomfortably sexual. Also, life affirming.

What sets you apart from other Austin bands?

There aren't any other bands from Austin, so standing out is so easy.  It's like, the easiest thing in the world.

What is the most embarrassing thing in your music library?

I don't really get embarrassed about anything I own or like.  I've always had amazing tastes, though.  I've got Matchbox 20's greatest hits, some of that's pretty unbearable, but some of it's really good.  I recently found a download of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Coming Out Of Their Shells Tour.  I had it on cassette when I was a kid and it holds up, you know? It holds up.

What is your favorite song of yours?

I don't know if I have a favorite, probably more like a song I'm the least sick of.  There's a song on our last record called "Midnight at the Lazarus Pit," and we've never played it live so it's still the freshest to me.

Do you have a pre-show ritual?

We all stand in a circle, smoke half a cigarette and put it out on the forearm of the person to our right.  If anyone makes a sound or reacts at all, they don't get paid. 

What should fans expect when seeing you in concert?

I hope they expect to have a good time, and I hope they leave feeling like we exceeded that.  I hope they feel like they're part of a community of somewhat like-minded individuals, and want to make friends with us and other attendees and want to keep coming to see us when we're around.

What is your craziest concert experience?

In Longview, TX, where I grew up, we only had punk and metal shows really, so I went to the punk shows.  They would always be in the Lion's Club community center, which we named "The Lion's Den."  I don't even remember who was playing that night, but I just remember walking in and the walls and floor and band were all covered in grape jelly.  It was fucking gross.

What advice do you have for musicians who are trying to make it?

I really don't know.  I think I'm the one that needs the advice.  Finish college and then tour incessantly while you're young and not a husband or father (or wife or mother).  That shit doesn't get easier.