Endless Johnny Cash clichés of railroads, cocaine, whiskey and rain soon start to grate

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Houndmouth - 'From The Hills Below The City'

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Houndmouth – ‘From The Hills Below The City’

Straight from the Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros school of boy/girl vocals and college Americana they might be, but there’s something more ballsy than twee about Indiana’s Houndmouth. The four-piece’s debut is a forcefully soulful affair, from the bawling organ on ‘Long As You’re At Home’ to the indelible twang of Katie Toupin’s idiosyncratic voice. The Southern gospel groove of ‘On The Road’ and ‘Casino (Bad Things)’ even recall Kings Of Leon when they still had girly hair. Beyond these charms however, the overly jaunty ‘Hey Rose’ and the endless Johnny Cash clichés of railroads, cocaine, whiskey and rain soon start to grate.

Leonie Cooper

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Record label:Rough Trade
Release date:10 Jun, 2013