Hounds of the Wild Hunt
Hounds of the Wild Hunt are carriers of an old flame: feral garage rock evolving in its natural environment. The Seattle musical landscape is a tangled forest of bands, genres, and styles teeming with groups whose influences run deep as roots in soil. Blame it on the rain, but sound seems to sprout from the sidewalk cracks to the treetops themselves. Amidst this vibrant scene, The Whore Moans once carved out a place for themselves. For five manic years the band proved that a person could still find sweaty, brash, heart-on-your-sleeve rock and roll if they looked for it. After countless tours, two critically acclaimed albums, and multiple appearances at beloved festivals home and abroad like Bumbershoot, CMJ, SXSW, Capitol Hill Block Party, and Reverbfest, the boys in the band felt they had screamed their piece. They were primed for a new challenge in a different direction. There were new songs to be written, new frontiers to storm, new battles to be fought under a new flag. And thus, The Whore Moans evolved into Hounds of the Wild Hunt.
Their self-titled debut E.P. is the raucous clamor of a band shifting gears. The four songs are a collection of “orphan tracks” that nonetheless showcase the band testing the limits of what rock can be. While staying true to their garage rock past, Hounds raided the vaults of Americana, coming back with Motown rhythm, punk rock howls, country riffs, and 70′s stomp. Where the Whore Moans swaggered, Hounds of the Wild Hunt run soulful and fierce.
The E.P. was recorded while the band was writing material for their upcoming full-length. It’s a rough howl announcing the Hunt. Seattle’s dark forests have a new pack: old Hounds with new tricks.