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HOUNDS FUSE JUKEBOX SOUL AND REFORMIST ROCK IN NEW SINGLE “SHAKE ME UP”
NEW ALBUM CATTLE IN THE SKY OUT FEBRUARY 5 VIA BMG
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St. Louis, MO – Today, Hounds share “Shake Me Up,” a track that is a veritable mash-up of jukebox soul and reformist rock. “Shake Me Up” offers the first glimpse of the band’s forthcoming studio album Cattle In The Sky, due out on February 5 via BMG.
“Shake Me Up” premiered via American Songwriter who calls “Shake Me Up” “the punk guy’s companion to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” Making her version sound almost dainty and tea-party proper in comparison, Hounds is scruffy and messy, dirty and punky.” American Songwriter continues adding that the debut single “ feels alive and vibrant with sharp edges and rough textures.“
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“Shake Me Up” is a song inspired with poodle skirts and pressed denim in mind. With cigarettes rolled up in the sleeve of a white T-shirt, and Greased lightning with the top down. With their Punk Rock spirit, Hounds have figured out how to deliver a familiar sound taken from Rock N Roll’s beginnings and fuse that with modern-day technology and inspiration to deliver a banger of a song and lead single.
“The release of “Shake Me Up” could not have come at a more perfect time. It’s a fun, energetic rock & roll song with an accompanying video that was a blast to shoot. The video was inspired by Wes Anderson’s style of filmmaking, with a dash of classic Monkees nonsense. We hope that this song inspires listeners to tap into their authentic selves and have a little fun, no matter who’s watching.”
In October, Hounds released a rousing cover of Jet’s hit song “Look What You’ve Done,” showcasing impressive four-part harmonies – a truly invigorating take on the track.
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The story of Hounds, and the St. Louis-based quartet’s debut, Cattle in the Sky, just may be the epitome of rock-and-roll success in the 21st century.
As youths, Jordan Slone and his younger brother, Logan, were equally precocious musicians. Essentially self-taught- Jordan, singer and guitarist; bassist Logan- while in high school the two assembled their first working group, recruiting longtime friend and drummer Logan Mohler to form Clockwork in 2010. Within two years, they were touring clubs and making festival appearances throughout a 30-state region, supporting notable artists such as Blues Traveler, Andy Grammer, and O.A.R., peaking at 100 performances a year.
They were cast as a cute, local boy band, hustled into the studio for two albums and an EP, pushed to be more pop-centric than they wished. Logan grew tired, disenchanted, and seeing the demands on the group that lied ahead, left the trio, replaced on bass by area compadre, Jack McCoy. Still, after a fruitful half-decade together, the idea of maintaining the status quo as a pleasant, heartland folk troupe in the mold of latter-day One Direction or Mumford and Sons held less and less appeal for the maturing threesome.
“We no longer wanted to do something just because it seemed like a good business move”
Instead, they pivoted to a more aggressive brand of rock laced with rich and resounding harmonies. In 2019, Jordan suggested the three audition for the second season of the nationwide band competition, Who Will Rock You?, a web-series sponsored and created by Topgolf Studios, a division of Topgolf Entertainment Group.
The Who Will Rock You? original series showcased the search for America’s next super group. In Who Will Rock You?, 12 of the best unsigned bands in America battled to win over the crowd, impress the celebrity judges and be the last band standing.
Hounds survived early-round hurdles, (including Jordan’s dislocated knee), to emerge as Who Will Rock You? champions, scoring an artist development deal with BMG. Impressed with the band’s back catalog of self-written songs, the imprint extended the offer to include an album. In September of 2019, the group entered Sawhorse Studios in St. Louis with engineer Jason McEntire to begin work on the debut, but not before one more change.
Refreshed and with a renewed commitment, Logan asked to return to the band. He was welcomed back, this time as the ensemble’s keyboardist. Completing the current lineup as a quartet, he brought not only another color and dimension to Hounds’ sound, but an additional voice and songwriting capability, as well.
Built on vibrant, ringing harmonies and concentrated, muscular riffs, the four crafted a forward-moving, immediate, and pulsing collection of songs ranging from greasy rumble-seat rock to up-to-the-minute, angst ridden modern musings.
CATTLE IN THE SKY
Release Date: February 5, 2021
1. To Be In Love
2. Three Hits Of Acid
3. Head In Sand
4. Make You My Baby
5. Stultus Tibia
6. Long Way Down
7. Shake Me Up
9. In Over My Head
10. Low Life
12. On and On
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