Today, Houndmouth — vocalist/guitarist Matthew Myers, drummer/vocalist Shane Cody, and bassist/vocalist Zak Appleby — share ‘McKenzie’, the second single off their upcoming record, ‘Good For You’. ‘McKenzie’ is a final lamentation of unrequited love: a last nod to shared kisses at the harbor, making ends meet, and nights of couch-crashing after a few too many. As piano sweeps in atop bright guitars and joyous harmonies, Houndmouth closes the chapter on an all-too-casual affair and the attendant recklessness of youth.
‘McKenzie’ is the latest taste of ‘Good For You‘, Houndmouth’s debut release for Dualtone Records out on 5th November. Recorded over the course of a year in lockdown in their Indiana hometown headquarters, a 19th-century shotgun-style home fondly called ‘The Green House’, Houndmouth sought to slip away from the sameness of their quarantine. The band twisted memories from far-flung musical travels past into a new sort of mythical truth — one that shimmered alongside their confined world of glittering, Faberge-spun chandeliers and gold leaf wallpaper.
The result: pure escapism. As heartbreak dances under red skies, Houndmouth emerges in the likeness of werewolves (‘Make it to Midnight’), an intoxicated Cinderella (‘Cool Jam’), or Elvis’ demise (‘Las Vegas’). Banded together in their search for self, ‘Good For You’’ motley cast of characters confront forlorn love affairs and the inherent lonesomeness of aging with fairytale flair.
Set to The Green House’s rustic, home-recorded sound, Brad Cook (Waxahatchee) and Jon Ashley (The War on Drugs) transformed Houndmouth’s previous shambolic sound into a warm, unhurried record that illuminates the band’s “shaggy, swinging, big-screen storytelling” (NPR Music) and transports the listener to lands far, far away.
Houndmouth are currently gearing up for a North-American tour in support of ‘Good For You’, including Webster Hall in NYC, DC’s Lincoln Theater, and two nights at Thalia Hall in Chicago. See full dates below.
Listen and pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl and more HERE
Good For You Tracklist:
Good For You
Make it to Midnight
Ride or Die
08/14 New Braunfels, TX @ Sendero x Lone Star Rodeo 2021
08/20 Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp Music Festival 2021
08/28 Knoxville, TN @ Second Bell Music Festival 2021
09/16 Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford
09/17 Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
09/18 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
09/19 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
09/21 Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27
09/22 Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
09/23 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
09/24 Lexington, KY @ The Burl
09/25 Franklin, TN @ Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival
11/12 Detroit, MI @ El Club
11/13 Harrisburg, PA @ Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
11/14 Woodstock, NY @ Levon Helm Studios
11/16 Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
11/17 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
11/19 Washington DC @ Lincoln Theater
11/20 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/21 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
11/23 Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
11/24 Louisville, KY @ Old Forester’s Paristown Hall
11/26 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
11/27 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
12/10 Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
12/11 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
12/12 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
12/14 Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
12/16 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
12/17 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
12/18 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall