Houndmouth will headline the Georgia Theater on Tuesday August 28and the band will be bringing with them new material from their “Golden Age” album. Liz Cooper & The Stampede open the show at 8:30 p.m.
This Indiana band became known for their approachable approach to Americana and folk rock music with their albums ‘Little Neon Limelight’ and ‘From the Hills Below the City’, but recently somewhat synthpop oriented. Matt Myers, the leader of Houndmouthstated that his intentions were clear on how he wanted to make a new album that sonically diverged from the band’s previous work.
“Believe it or not, a lot of people who are fans of Americana or folk weren’t aware that we actually had a lot of interest or passion in other types of music,” Myers said. “We walked into the studio and wanted to do pop art.”
Along with this shift in sound comes a desire to change the style of performance. Myers said he wanted to try something different at the Georgia Theater show in Houndmouth.
“I thought about starting a stripped down, more intimate set, because it feels more personal and you can talk to people more easily that way…. Then we can eventually get everyone out there and put together a big show,” said he said, “I feel like it’s a nice dichotomy between stripped down and big because there’s room to work with.”
The roots of this dichotomy stem in part from the way Houndmouth approached music when the members were a bit younger. Myers said the creation of “Golden Age” was the most comprehensive recording process in the band’s history.
“It was a super fun experience making this record because we grew up playing Americana, where you play your guitar and your drums and your bass and everything is great,” Myers said. “We went into this record thinking, ‘How can we create layered pieces of music and intersecting melodic lines? What lyrics should go here to tie something together? ‘”
Sometimes the albums are described as “concept albums” and “Golden Age” seems to fit that bill. Songs like “Modern Love” and the title track “Golden Age” mention the blurring of lines between human interaction and technology. Myers said this blurring isn’t as bad as some people make it out to be.
“As people with technology in our lives, there’s no longer a separation between us and our phones in our pockets. We’re human because of that now,” he said. really easy to go down a path and talk negative and say ‘screw the cell phones’, but that’s a thing and it exists.”
Houndmouth’s audience grew bigger and bigger, and with it came a performance on “The Late Show with David Letterman”, a festival spot at Lollapalooza and 1.5 million monthly Spotify listeners. With all that recognition, Myers said he used it as a sign to keep working hard.
“There’s this huge misconception that once you play Conan or Letterman or something, your sense of fame goes up and I guess your sense of income goes up as well. Everything playing Conan and Letterman doesn’t that validates you and motivates you to keep working,” he said. “You have to be like, ‘Look, here’s what we’ve done, now I want to keep making more art and putting it out there. and make more conversations in the world.'”
The Georgia Theater show doors in Houndmouth open at 7:30 p.m.and tickets are $27.