On 5th November, Houndmouth — vocalist/guitarist Matthew Myers, drummer/vocalist Shane Cody, and bassist/vocalist Zak Appleby — will release ‘Good For You’, their debut release for Dualtone Records. Recorded with Brad Cook (Waxahatchee, Hiss Golden Messenger) and mixed by Jon Ashley (The War On Drugs, B.J. Barham), the fourth full-length album from the Indiana-bred, platinum-selling band marks a return to what Houndmouth does best: “shaggy, swinging, big-screen storytelling” (NPR Music) set to a rustic, home-recorded sound.
Today’s single release — the vibrant ‘Las Vegas’ — invigorates the bittersweet nature of ‘Good For You’ with unabashed power, closing out the record with a triumphant spark and a smirk to what could still be. Built off of an older demo, the band nearly withheld the track due to its outlier status — but ultimately found its rowdy energy to be the final, frenetic wave goodbye to a year lost to isolation: “I believe in Las Vegas/The city of plastic/So real it’s dangerous/So real it could save us.”
Slowly brought to life in Houndmouth’s longtime headquarters — The Green House, a 19th-century shotgun-style residence decked out in gold wallpaper and crystal chandeliers that used to belong to Cody’s grandparents — Good For You bears a hi-fi minimalism that illuminates the record’s skillfully crafted storytelling.
Houndmouth enfolds entire novels within their lyrics: over Good For You’s ten tracks, a motley cast of characters race through scenes saturated with magic. From beauty queens and Cinderella’s limousine in “Cool Jam,” to vampires and parking lot lovers in “Ride or Die,” Houndmouth whimsically captures the ache of stagnant love affairs and the fleeting joys of ageing with a surrealist flair.
But atop Good For You’s melancholy motifs lies a wealth of dulcet melodies that waltz sweetly across beds of celestial organs and grungy guitar riffs. The ten songs sparkle, fade, and sparkle again, mixing jaded wisdom with hopeful harmonies. “This album felt like being back in time again, only now everything is a little more dialled-back and cared-for,” says Cody. “It was like a return to the way we fell in love with playing music together.” Good For You tenderly tones down the youthful abandon of the band’s early days, imbuing their “earthen and imaginative folk” (NPR Music) with distinctive, finespun balladry.
Listen and pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl and more HERE
From Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and SXSW to CBS This Morning Saturday, Conan, Letterman, and more, Houndmouth has continuously transformed humble, Indiana-bred folk into platinum-selling singles and sold-out tours. The band is currently gearing up for their first post-pandemic tour dates, including Webster Hall in NYC, DC’s Lincoln Theater, and two nights at Thalia Hall in Chicago. See full dates below.
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