Photo by Sarah Wilde
“This is a song about a song written on a broken guitar,” explains Quiet Hollers frontman Shadwick Wilde about his band’s new single. “Very meta, I know.” The thing is, the guitar isn’t the only thing that’s broken in “Broken Guitar”, the latest slice of literary indie rock from the Louisville outfit. Even Wilde’s voice betrays evidence of cracks caused by the strain of recollection. “I wrote a song on a broken guitar/ in the house with the broken AC,” he sings in the first verse, which is all you need to hear to understand that soon your heart’s going to be broken, too.
What we have here is the most effective kind of breakup song — the kind that gives just enough details to paint a vivid picture (“As the party dwindled, I heard Broken Social Scene on a hi-fi stereo,” Wilde sings), but leaves the rest open to interpretation. Quiet Hollers live up to their name, anchoring the song on a timid guitar riff that they eventually surround with a symphony of strings, keys, and heavy snare hits. Wilde describes the song as “a hazy recollection of rejection, fragmented thoughts, and pining over damaged instruments/relationships.” We couldn’t have said it better, and it’s our job to say it better.
Check out “Broken Guitar” below, and scroll down to view a full list of Quiet Hollers’ upcoming tour dates.
Quiet Hollers 2016 Tour Dates:
05/05 – Louisville, KY @ Bourbon & Blaze
05/06 – Louisville, KY @ Derby City Brewfest
05/10 – Chicago, IL @ Martyrs
05/11 – Chicago, IL @ Audiotree
05/12 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Mulligan’s Pub
05/16 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint
05/17 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
05/18 – Jamaica Plain, MA @ Midway
05/19 – Dover, NH @ Dover Teen Center
06/16 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival
06/17 – Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob’s
06/18 – Lexington, KY @ Green Lantern
07/30 – Middletown, OH @ DORA – Taking it to the Streets
08/04 – Appleton, WI @ Mile of Music
08/25 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
08/26 – Laporte, CO @ Swing Station
08/27 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Triple Nickel Tavern