Song of the Day: The Quiet Ones – Girls and Uniforms

Kaija Cornett

Kaija Cornett

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Every Friday, the Song of the Day podcast spotlights local musicians. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole is “Girls and Uniforms” by The Quiet Ones from their album Better Walk Than Ride Like That on In Advance Records Collective.

The Quiet Ones – Girls and Uniforms (MP3)

Mrs. Totten must be very proud of her three boys, who comprise the line up in Seattle-based The Quiet Ones.  Throw in a couple non-Tottens, including one from across the country, and you get a sextet that recalls a more raucous Wilco.  From Chattanooga to Seattle… the band officially got their start in Tennessee via a friendship between bass/vocalist/songwriter John Totten and drummer/producer Mason Neely when they both were studying jazz in college.  After deciding jazz wasn’t for him, Totten dedicated his life to popular music and began working with Neely and enlisting the help of his own brothers, David and Chris, and along the way.  Soon the Tottens three moved to Seattle, parting ways with Neely (who’s in Boston now) but continuing to work with him anyway. Their latest effort, Better Walk Than Ride Like That, was composed bi-coastally, as songs were sent back and forth cross-country.  Speaking of things sent: the album’s name itself comes from a postcard sent to John Totten by Silver Jews’ David Berman.  You might have seen The Quiet Ones supporting Blitzen Trapper or The Fleet Foxes recently, but if not, check them out at Fremont’s Oktoberfest on September 20th.  They will keep you sane while you’re standing in line for a handful of small beers.  You can also check out singer John Totten’s solo gig at Chop Suey on September 15th.  For more info and dates, check out their MySpace page and their website.

While this video will reveal nothing about The Quiet Ones’ sound, it’s too good to pass up. Here’s the band performing the song “Twin Cinema” in the style of Michael McDonald as part of a challenge posed by The New Pornographers:

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