Houndmouth is a rootsy rock band from New Albany, Indiana (just outside of Louisville, Kentucky) that's making waves this year. In addition to releasing their excellent debut album From the Hills Below the City, the band has also been touring extensively and playing the talk show circuit. The latest YouTube video nuggets were released earlier today by French music blog La Blogotheque.
"Casino (Bad Things)" and "Penitentiary" by Houndmouth:
"Can You Get To That" and "Long Black Veil" performed by Houndmouth:
In the first video, we see the band wandering the countryside playing John Prine's "Sam Stone", before going into the Houndmouth original, "Casino (Bad Things)" featuring Katie Toupin on lead vocals. After that, another folky classic with the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil" which is followed by another Houndmouth original, "Penitentiary," this time with Matt Myers on lead vocals as well as holding down the guitar.
In the second video, the band is either rehearsing or just jamming a couple more classics: Funkadelic's "Can You Get To That" (incorrectly labeled by La Blogotheque as "Get To That") and the country standard "Long Black Veil."
The two videos are an intimate look at the band, focusing almost entirely on their music. There's no interview, but we do get a sense of their personalities and how the band functions. Drummer Shane Cody is seen strumming an acoustic guitar and also playing slide on an instrument that appears to be made out of a cigar box during "Long Black Veil" which has the other band members laughing every time he plays a lick. Bassist Zak Appleby appears rock solid, just as you'd want your bass player to be; and he looks a bit like The Band's Rick Danko with his scruffy dark hair.
Published on Oct 7, 2013
Watch the band Houndmouth playing "Casino," "Penitentiary," "Can You Get To That," and "Long black Veil" for La Blogotheque's Take Away Show.
Houndmouth is Shane, Zak, Katie and Matt, harmony marksmen, multi-instrumentalists, all gifted storytellers and quick with a joke. They are a musical family with ample rewards for anyone who digs into their unique take on the American song.
We spend our day exploring the riverside, all abandoned train tracks and tornado tossed boats and boxcars, until we settle into the shale-rich beachfront and Shane's favorite nook under the bridge.