Quiet Hounds, a group of Atlanta musicians that seeks to merge music and cultural discovery, will perform "Swans & Embers, " a program in three movements, on the grounds of the Swan House at the Atlanta History Center on Oct. 4.
The Quiet Hounds, an Atlanta band inspired by history that will perform Oct. 4 on the Swan House grounds at the Atlanta History Center, is a mystery wrapped inside an enigma.
And the musicians, who often don masks that obscure their identities, very much like it that way.
“Swans and Embers,” the Swan House performance, will be a program in three movements, with a Roaring ’20s theme that commemorates the era in which one of Atlanta’s most treasured historic homes was completed.
The audience literally will move with the movements: Act 1 will unfold at the courtyard closest to the house, act 2 on the lawn just below the descending fountains, and act 3 on the mainstage on the lower lawn.
The Quiet Hounds emerged less than a year ago, playing a November concert at another historic site, Goat Farm Arts Center. “Ode to Lost Souls” paid tribute to Civil War prisoners at Andersonville. More than 800 attended, and 1,000-plus watched the stream live online.
For all that, the Hounds are still fairly obscure, apparently by design.
Its members have played on albums for Cee Lo Green, Gnarls Barkley and Washed Out. But they choose to remain anonymous, wearing leather masks in their photos, so as “to allow for the music to be judged solely by what is being heard and not by what, or who, is being seen,” according to a backgrounder.
Lisa Love, the former Georgia Music Hall of Fame director who now works as director of music marketing and development for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, happened upon a rare Quiet Hounds gig at AthFest in Athens in June that “mesmerized” her.
Her quest for more information led her to the group’s arty website (www.quiethounds.com), which adds to, rather than resolves, the mythos surrounding the band.
For instance: “Where are you guys from?” posed one site guest.
The response: “The womb of the alien mother” (punctuated with a smiley face).
Still, Love was so impressed with the band’s “unique way of telling stories of Georgia’s history,” that her office is helping publicize the Swan House concert.
This graceful 1928 mansion was designed by celebrated Atlanta architect Philip Trammel Shutze, who adapted Italian and English classical styles for the residence of Edward and Emily Inman, heirs to a cotton brokerage fortune.
Included in the Quiet Hounds’ mission statement is “… to foster a philosophy where epic performance in unlikely environments and unrivaled experiences that are free from the grid come together to emphasize the role of music and art in society.”
Interested in previewing the work of these rock chameleons? Here’s a link to the YouTube video of “I Get Up” from the Goat Farm show: http://bit.ly/TW2BYt.