The Quiet Ones (not to be confused with the children's rock group of the same name) is a soft indie rock collective with members located across the country but mainly based in Seattle. 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 2005, 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.