The Americana quartet Houndmouth hails from New Albany, Ind. -- close enough to the Kentucky border to disassociate itself from the ruckus over their native state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
"Yeah, that's the great thing about having two places to say you're from," says frontman Matt Myers. "It was weird, especially when we went on Letterman and the Top 10 that night was 'What would (Indiana Gov.) Mike Pence say,' just a rain of Indiana jokes. So we kind of separate ourselves from that. The whole thing was just ridiculous."
Fortunately, Myers and company are making plenty of noise on their own. Houndmouth released its second album, "Little Neon Limelight," during mid-March and is enjoying some traction for the single "Sedona." Myers, 26, says the group is also enjoying some of the trappings of being better known than it was after 2013's "From the Hills Below the City."
"It seems like a bit of step-up since the last record," Myers reports. "We're experiencing the nicer green rooms, nicer dressing rooms, bigger crowds. It's nice; we paid some dues for a few years, so it feels like we're moving forward now."
And after "getting sucked into that folk scene vacuum" with the first album, Myers says he and his Houndmouth mates went into "Little Neon Limelight" with producer Dave Cobb looking to expand the perception listeners had of the band.
"We wanted to make our own sound, so we experimented," Myers says. "We did everything to eight tracks (tape), the core vocals and instruments, then went back and layered some stuff, experimented wtih some noise, which is something we've never done.
"That was strange for us -- any studio experience is strange for us, really. The first record was the first time we'd been in a studio. But we're really happy with how it came out."
Houndmouth and Parker Millsap
Friday, April 10. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit
Tickets are $19
Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com
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