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.