Is this crazy or what?
We had to find out on The Guardian Website that Houndmouth has signed with Rough Trade.
Rough Trade is the London-based record label (are there really still “record labels?”) that went from producing 2000-ish sounding British synthesizer bands to becoming the home for roots-based rockers such as Alabama Shakes.
(As a friend noted, “Alabama Shakes is like Ronnie Hawkins meets Koko Taylor.”)
Sure enough, we checked the Rough Trade Website, and here’s the announcement from last week:
2 JULY 2012 in NEWS
We’re excited to introduce you to newly formed four-piece Houndmouth from Louisville, Kentucky. Rough Trade will be releasing their debut, self-titled EP on 27th (Europe) and 28th (US) August 2012. Houndmouth are Matt Myers (guitar/vocals), Katie Toupin (keyboard/vocals), Zak Appleby (bass/vocals) and Shane Cody (drums/vocals). The EP was recorded in their self-built studio called ‘The Green House’ in Indiana.
2. Houston Train
4. The Big Oil Spill
We’ve included the Youtube HD video for “Houston Train” because it’s the best stuff we’ve heard since “The Weight.”
We’ve always heard Houndmouth, which actually is based in New Albany, sounds like The Band, which is kind of true.
But vocalist Katie Toupin just has it … the authentic twang, timber and range that makes Houndmouth original instead of derivative.
And guitarist Matt Myers is the reincarnation of Jamie Robbie Robertson, who – by the way – is still alive, which makes this metaphore somewhat premature.
The Guardian dubs Houndmouth “The American Mumford & Sons.” We don’t get that at all, though Mumford & Sons’ “The Enemy” is brilliant.
Someone has to fix that.
That would be us.