Required Listen: Houndmouth

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If you're one of those people who puts a lot of stock into band names and thinks Houndmouth is as bad as I think it is...add some extra letters, some $ signs, or whatever you need to do to make it all buzzy and hip like most indie bands today.  Alright, now we can move on to the most important topic: Houndmouth has a great sound and has blown me away with their debut track "Penitentiary".  The New Albany, IN four piece has a laid back rock/folk sound anchored by americana tones and some of the best male/female harmonies you'll hear.  Maybe it's the constant barrage of tracks layered with effects or reverb, but my ears always perk up when vocal talent and strong songwriting are front and center.  We don't throw out the Required Listen tag lightly and are shocked to already find a band fitting of the title already one day into 2012.  Houndmouth is young and just getting started, but if this track and live video are any indication, we'll be following their career closely as the best is yet to come.  

9 comments:

  1. Already posting up some good new music! It reminds me of The Band. Can't wait to hear more stuff from these guys.

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  2. Wow. My favorite band of 2012...haha.

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  3. @ratingwithears Good call. These guys base a lot of stuff off The Band. The bearded drummer tries be Levon Helm and sing from the kit, and pulls it off on a couple tracks. Each member actually takes lead vocals on the cuts they wrote individually.

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  4. wow, what a great find for 2012! hopefully we'll hear much more from them this year!

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  5. This is so very good.

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  6. this is great. Thanks. I will reblog this.

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  7. It really goes to show what good simple melody with well performed harmony can do for making you feel something. Whereas some groups sing harmonies in a way that shows off their musical writing and singing skills, these guys manage to do that as well as convey individual emotions. REally great stuff!

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  8. Awesome sound! Love it!

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  9. This band is very alt.

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