Houndmouth Bridges Divide Between Country and Rock
They all live in the same universe, but Houndmouth make music that doesn't quite live in the same decade as their contemporaries. If anything, they're representing the opposite side of the late '60s we're currently seeing on Mad Men. They're a straight-up rock band, with one big toe in the world of country and the other on planet indie.
"Penitentiary," from their recent debut From The Hills Below The City, is one of those country-side 1960s tracks. It rocks, but it utilizes the familiar markers of a traditional country song: riding trains, five & dime stores, a stint in the pen for petty theft. They're out to evoke a feeling more than to weave a narrative with the debut.
"We all kinda wrote separately," Toupin said. "So pretty much whoever sings the song on the album wrote most of the song. Me and Matt [Myers, co-vocalist] were in this acoustic thing for like three years before [Houndmouth]. Some of the songs came from that." More including their secret addiction.
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