Hounds is an alternative, indie rock group based in St. Louis, Missouri. Known for intricate harmonies and psychedelic tendencies, Hounds is the brainchild of songwriter Jordan Slone (vocals/guitar), and drummer Logan Mohler. After years performing together as Clockwork, the band has a revised lineup, a renewed focus and an exciting new sound, which is represented in their self-titled debut album, released in September 2017.
The 13-song album is a departure from the band's previous releases as Clockwork. "To me the album represents a change," explained Slone. "It represents freedom to create, and it represents a new level of vulnerability that hasn’t yet been reached in the music we have created in the past. We finally developed real, strongly upheld convictions about how we wanted to pursue our music. Depth within an individual track. Textures that we hadn’t had a chance to explore before. The sounds, the songs, the structure: all these things were hand picked by the band and it’s members."
Serving as the album's producers, Hounds were afforded the opportunity to take a very bold, albeit throwback, approach to recording: They recorded the album live. "We recorded all the parts together, in one room, with no click track," mentions Slone. "There was no room for mistakes within a take because the amount of exposure on every take was very real. This pushed us to be our absolute best selves in the studio. No auto-tuning meant that we had to be real singers. No punching in on tracks meant that we had to get it right all the way through a song. We had all the mics in the same room, so we had bleed over in the sound. But these are the things that we wanted. We wanted exposure. We wanted to push each other. We wanted to hear the mistakes if they happened."
With inspiration from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and The Doors, Hounds manages to take sonic elements from the past and apply their unique touch, which may be most apparent in their cover of the classic Jefferson Airplane hit, White Rabbit. "We wanted to choose something from the era of music we love the most," mentioned Slone. "We hadn’t spent a ton of time listening to Jefferson Airplane in the past, so it was easier for us to take this song and make it our own, instead of just poorly copying the ideas from the bands’ original take."
Beyond the release of the album, their most immediate goal is to get back to their first love - performing. "Performing is what we love and what we want to continue doing with our lives," explained Slone. Our end goal is to be creating something that we love, and we hope other people enjoy it enough to want to see it out in person. Our live show is, and has to remain, something that makes people feel different after they hear what we have done. We want to provide an experience of music for people. Not just put on a show. I’m not interested in just putting on a show."