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Quiet Hooves is anything but quiet. The Athens, Ga.-based ensemble is known to tour extensively, performing with a horn section, double keyboards, and other instrumentation. And these guys like to party. So much so, that they call their personal booking company and record label Party Party Partners.
Quiet Hooves sing upbeat folk songs in pools with floating drums and lounging banjo players, as seen in this Athens Soundie. They’re comfortable performing in parking lots, as they did at South By Southwest, where they shared a lineup with Acid Mothers Temple, and at Whartscape 2010, after a strong gust of wind and a violent rainstorm dismantled the main stage.
There’s a place in Athens where Quiet Hooves trot about. This place has multiple names. The top of the front facade reads “THE MONEY MACHINE: INTERNET AUCTIONS”. A new, white canvas sign reading “Ohh, Boy!” in cursive is by the storefront window, advertising the recent opening of a vintage clothing and item shop. And the basement, known as the Secret Squirrel, is full of keyboards, cords, and chord sheets with progressions and musical scribblings like “D major forever”.
Carrying an air of manic charm and kinetic energy, Quiet Hooves are on their way through D.C. this weekend to support their recent release, Saddle Up. They play tonight with saxophonist John Berndt at 8 p.m. at Paper Sun, a white two-story building in the Monroe Street alley between 11th and 13th Streets NW in Columbia Heights.