From The Desk Of Houndmouth: “The Godfather,” 123 Go

HoundmouthLogoAfter high school, Matt Myers didn’t really feel like going away to college, so he stayed in New Albany and went to Indiana University Southeast, across the river from Louisville. He didn’t feel like concentrating on anything, so he majored in general studies with a minor in philosophy. Six years later, when the time came to graduate, he thought a little about working in a coffee shop, but he never got around to finding a job. After one last winery gig, he traded in the acoustic duo he had with Katie Toupin and went electric with drummer Shane Cody, an old friend who’d moved back to town. Cody called up bassist Zak Appleby, and something almost clicked. All they needed was for Toupin to join them on organ, and halfway through a session with too many dogs barking in the background, Houndmouth was born. Recorded over five days in the high heat of the Hoosier summer, From The Hills Below The City (Rough Trade) feels like the second coming of the Band, mixing folk, country and rock into a whole that’s bigger than the sum of its parts, with each member writing songs, switching back and forth between instruments, and taking a turn on lead vocals. Houndmouth will be guest editing all week. Read our new feature on the band.


Myers: I recently got into the groove of watching movies again thanks to The Godfather and The Godfather Part II. I even more recently got out of the groove of watching movies again thanks to The Godfather Part III. I mean … really … what happened? I’ll tell ya what happened … patience lost its rank as a virtue and the hootin’ tootin’ internet stepped in and took its place. Thanks for the extended CSI episode, Francis.

Video after the jump.