I was really excited to see one of my new favorite bands, Houndmouth, at Terminal West in Atlanta on March 7th. Houndmouth is considered an “alternative country” band, but their roots lie in a mix of rock and contemporary folk.
Houndmouth is currently on their Little Neon Limelight tour to promote their new album of the same name, which will be released on March 17th.
Named by Spotify as one of the top bands poised for breakout in 2015, Houndmouth demonstrates a unique sound with their killer combination of voices from musicians Matt Myers, Katie Toupin, Zak Appleby, and Shane Cody. All four musicians are incredibly talented, each contributing to vocals and playing multiple instruments throughout their shows.
During their show at Terminal West in Atlanta (of which I was privileged to be in the front row), Houndmouth played an upbeat, fast-paced 90 minute set featuring songs from their initial EP, From the Hills Below the City, and their new album Little Neon Limelight.
Lead singer Matt Myers was a Freddie Mercury-esque personality in a hot-pants jumpsuit with a rhinestone collar. Bassist Zak Appleby wore a Native American inspired fringe vest with no shirt underneath. While this attire might sound bizarre for an “alternative country” band, Houndmouth is effortless and cool without a hint of hipster or pretension.
While the entire band was incredible as a whole, singer and keyboardist Katie Toupin stood out with her clean, pure voice that punctuates many of the band’s songs; she was also having a blast onstage, and looked truly happy to be performing.
This band is definitely one to watch- they have a big personality, a ton of talent, and a sound that appeals to the masses and indie music enthusiasts alike. Their tour continues throughout the summer, with highlights at Bonnaroo and Forecastle (Louisville, KY) music festivals.
As a note, Terminal West is a great up-and-coming venue just west of Midtown Atlanta. The venue only holds 600 people, so shows are small enough to feel intimate; ticket prices are also extremely reasonable, with most shows between $15-20. There is also a restaurant on-site, and ticket holders get 10% off of their meal. The venue has a great lineup of shows coming up- you can check it out here.
Check out one of Houndmouth’s recent performances on Letterman below.