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The Midwest Quiet is not internationally known. Their domestic presence is not approaching cult status.

They've never been asked to open up for The Shins. And there are no collaborations planned with Justin Vernon.

That song you heard in that Apple commercial? That wasn't them.

Ask Sasha Frere-Jones who they are and note the look of bewilderment.

They're not included on Pitchfork's "Bands to Watch in 2012." In fact, Pitchfork doesn't even publish such a list.

And to the best of any researcher's knowledge, they've never been cited as an influence.

Regardless of their resume, they are proud of their music.

Craig Ness, the only full time member, formed the band in 2010 in San Francisco. The songs are shaped by a patented combination of his personal experiences including: a fondness for Mancunian music, an Ohio upbringing, and the natural surroundings of Northern California.

During the recording process, The Midwest Quiet transforms from a solo into a collaborative effort. Fellow native Midwesterners Adam Dowell (Bicentennial Bear), Chris Sheehan (The Celebrity Pilots), and Christian Volpe (The Maharishi) join the sessions to fill out the rock music arrangements.

Both their self titled (2010) and latest release, Houses (2012), were recorded at producer Scott Solter's (Superchunk, Spoon, The Mountain Goats) home studio in North Carolina.

Currently, the Midwest Quiet is fully independent. Catch them while their window of honesty is wide open.

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