If they sound familiar, you’ve probably whistled along to their hit single “Sedona” while driving down the road. Matt Myers’ crooning voice strikes a chord with the likes of Dr. Dog, but the Americana rock band has also been compared to Deer Tick and the Lumineers. The boys call Indiana home but could easily fool anyone that their origins are Arizona deserts and long stretches of open road. Although the group underwent a reshuffling after their keyboardist and vocalist Katie Toupin decided to leave, their stage presence did not seem to take much of a hit. Nor did it deter the crowd that filled the Hall on a weekday night to show nothing but love.
The emerging indie-rock group Lucy Dacus opened for Houndmouth and I cannot recall the last time I witnessed such genuine support for an opening artist in the Music Hall (Dawes before Conor Oberst, perhaps?). While the majority of Dacus’ set list was comprised from her recent album No Burden, they treated the audience to a new single “Pillars of Truth” (streaming via Interview magazine). Dacus’ sultry voice laid over bluesy garage rock is fascinating and quite frankly, totally badass. She is a young Jenny Lewis, and definitely one to watch.
Jess Marie Spence is a student at the College of Charleston studying Arts Management with a concentration in the Music Industry. She is the In-House Photographer at the Charleston Music Hall and also contributes to Charleston Grit.