After 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 magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on the band.
Cody: The only reason I used to use one ride cymbal on my kit was because that was the only cymbal I had. It’s matching 20-inch Paiste Giant Beat had to be sold when I was broke and needed cash. Now I have an 18-inch Istanbul dark crash that was a gift from Patrick Hallahan (My Morning Jacket). We were playing a Halloween show at a local Louisville restaurant curated by the 23 String Band (a great bluegrass outfit from Kentucky) featuring us, Scott Carney (Wax Fang) and Patrick (MMJ) a great horn section and a few others. We shared my drums for the night, and Patrick brought some extra stands, cymbals and various percussion. After the show I told him I really liked the Istanbul crash he brought, and he said, “Ya?” and handed it to me. “Keep it. I’d give you the stand, too, but I need it, sorry.” It’s a real honor that I am on the C And C artist page with him and all the other great drummers.
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