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Quiet Life’s “Housebroken Man” Record Release Party In Portland

Portland, Oregon’s own Quiet Life recently staged their record release party for their newly-released EP, Housebroken Man, on their home turf at the Doug Fir Lounge on a typically beautiful August evening, and True Blue was there to capture the proceedings.

Housebroken Man is a rollicking, loose romp that touches on several of the historical cornerstones of American roots music. Lead man Sean W. Spellman’s rustic voice is perfectly suited for his plaintive and weary lyrics, and the backing band he has assembled compliments his haunted brand of folk pretty ideally. Live, Quiet Life stretched out the tunes from both the EP as well as a couple off of their upcoming full-length that is being recording in Philadelphia with members of Dr. Dog. Similarly to Dr. Dog, Quiet Life is very engaging both on wax and live, and gives off a vibe not unlike that of hanging out around an autumn fire, passing a bottle while some friends play.

A couple of factors that have already garnered Housebroken Man are two guest spots on the record, as both Jim James and Shovels & Rope’s Carrie Ann Hearst lend their considerable talents to the effort. The former plays bass and provides backing vocals on a spooky, eclectic cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “Waitin’ Around To Die” and the former harmonizes wonderfully with Spellman on the rowdy title track. Publications like Rolling Stone have taken note of the Van Zandt cover, and it’s truly an intriguing one. Quiet Life’s version is an organ-driven funeral march of a song that features distorted and haunting vocal samples of Van Zandt ruminating on music, love and pain, subjects he knew all too well.

Despite the big name guests and cool covers, Quiet Life is absolutely an act that can stand on its own, and the fact that they are recording with Dr. Dog makes perfect sense. Both bands have a flair for putting their own original spin on music that has by now become omnipresent in the lives of young rock fans, and both bands are spot-on live. Hearing a few of the new tunes at the show was enough to make Quiet Life’s LP one of next year’s eagerly anticipated records for me.

Despite a somewhat surprisingly small crowd considering the band’s Portland roots, Quiet Life turned out a fantastic live show, and one very befitting of their wonderful debut. Keep your peepers on this band folks, and catch them in a small club while you can. Check out “Housebroken Man” featuring Carrie Ann Hearst below, as well as a full list of tour dates.

Wed 09/17/14 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
Thu 09/18/14 Asheville, NC The Mill Room
Fri 09/19/14 Abingdon, VA Wolf Hills Brewing Co,
Appearing at “Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion”
Sat 09/20/14 Bristol, TN Downtown Bristol
Sun 09/21/14 Bristol, TN Downtown Bristol
Tue 09/23/14 Knoxville, TN Barley’s Taproom
Wed 09/24/14 Nashville, TN The Basement
Thu 09/25/14 Louisville, KY Zanzabar
Fri 09/26/14 Nelsonville, OH Stuart’s Opera House
Appearing at “Midpoint Music Festival”
Sat 09/27/14 Cincinnati, OH Various Venues
Tue 09/30/14 New York, NY The Bowery Electric
Wed 10/01/14 Washington, DC Gypsy Sally’s
Thu 10/02/14 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts

All Photos: Caitlin Webb Photography