The Quiet Ones is a Seattle, Washington based indie rock collective with members located across the country. Core members include John Totten (vocals, bass), David Totten (guitar), Chris
Totten (drums, keyboard), and Mason Neely (production, drums, keyboard). The group began in 2001 in Knoxville, TN, by John Totten with help from Neely. They were joined by Totten’s brothers, as
well as friend Ryan Dixon for the first album, Your Inner Ear, released in 2004 on In Advance Records. The follow-up, Your Inner Ear Vol. 2, came out later that year. Via Firefly Sessions, the Nite You Surprised Me EP was released in summer 2006, even after Neely had moved to Boston. Meanwhile, the Totten brothers moved to Seattle and maintained contact with Neely by sending tracks through the mail.
The bands sound covers a wide variety of sounds including indie rock, French pop, alt-country, classic rock, punk, krautrock, pop, space rock, folk, noise, found sound, instrumental rock, art rock, psychadelic, power pop, chamber pop, Brit pop, Americana, and experimental rock. Their myspace lists their influences as The Beatles, The Who, Can, John Fahey, Television, The Elephant Six Collective, Smog, Trans Am, Bob Dylan, Guided By Voices, Wilco, Lambchop, Big Star, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Silver Jews, Stereolab, The Glands, The Kinks, Neil Young, Pavement, Steely Dan, and Jim O’Rourke.
In 2007, The Quiet Ones added drummer Baine Craft and bassist John Herman to their
lineup. This was while recording their next full length, Better Walk Than Ride Like That, a title that came from a post card singer John Totten received from Silver Jews David Berman.
In 2008, The Quiet Ones supported Blitzen Trapper, Fleet Foxes, Elf Power, French Kicks, and Two Gallants.
In 2008, In Advance Records released the seven inch Sound Of Fog featuring two songs from Better Walk Than Ride Like That and a song recorded live at Seattle radio station KEXP.