Houndmouth by Steve Squall
Houndmouth: From the Hills to the Limelight
The Carnegie Center for Art and History is proud to present in our galleries, Houndmouth: From the Hills to the Limelight. Houndmouth is a rock band formed in New Albany in November 2011 and originally consisted of four members, Shane Cody, Matt Myers, Zak Appleby, and Katie Toupin. In a relatively short amount of time the band has achieved recognition that is justly considered phenomenal. Our exhibition title is a contraction of their two published albums which are: From the Hills Below the City and Little Neon Limelight both of which were critical successes. The Carnegie Center’s exhibition seeks to explore the band’s emergence and rise of their reputation on the musical scene and the importance of their strong ties to the local community. During Indiana’s bicentennial year, we are proud to feature this exhibition devoted to these native Hoosiers who are making their musical mark on the world.
To better understand the incredible impact Houndmouth has had in a short period of time, the following is just a sampling of their many achievements:
- Within 5 months of forming, the band played at the famous South by Southwest music festival in Austin, TX and signed a record deal with England’s acclaimed Rough Trade label.
- In 2012, released their debut album “From the Hills Below the City” to wide acclaim (the album cover featured an image by Nineteenth Century New Albany artist George Morrison.)
- The band has made multiple appearances on nationally syndicated shows such as Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and Last Call with Carson Daly.
- Recorded 2nd album, “Little Neon Limelight” with legendary Nashville producer and Grammy nominee Dave Cobb.
- Numerous national tours, two European tours, a recent tour of Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii. Houndmouth shows routinely sell out; local shows have sold out within a day.
- Among the festivals the group has performed at include: Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, the Newport Folk Festival, SXSW, and Forecastle.
- Their single Sedona reached the number one position on Adult Alternative Songs and was used in a pivotal scene on the hit television show “Grey’s Anatomy”.
- Currently, their song Krampus is being used for a Kingsford Charcoal commercial.
Houndmouth has garnered many superlatives for their music and performances which include:
“One of the year’s most thrilling albums.” LEO
“Best little indie rock band in America” Huffington Post
“Effortless, well-crafted mix of roots and rock…perfect vocals.” Garden and Guns
“Band of the Week” The Guardian
“Earthly melancholy with a rude garage-rock streak.” Rolling Stone
“David Dye’s Top 10 Albums of 2015” NPR’s World Café
Central to the exhibit is a celebration of the band’s creative process. The exhibit will feature a wealth of primary source materials from the band. Examples include Matt Myer’s original song writing notes to videos of concert performances. Other supporting artifacts such as concert posters, photographs, cue cards from their television appearances, original band costumes, musical instruments, and tour memorabilia will also be on view. The Carnegie Center has also produced a video with interviews with the band that acknowledges all the support they have received from our community and both the rigors and exhilaration of life on the road.
Our exhibit designers will create a large and colorful, interactive “Instagrid” of 100 photos from the group’s worldwide fan base. IPads loaded with Houndmouth’s music and videos will be available to use. An additional interactive feature is an adapted guitar with headphones that will allow visitors to play along with Houndmouth songs.
At the opening reception, Crosley, based in Louisville, will park “The Cruiser”, their mobile record store in front of the museum. Visitors have the opportunity to purchase Houndmouth albums and merchandise.
The Carnegie Center for Art and History would like to acknowledge our major sponsors for their support in producing this exhibition.
The exhibition is sponsored by: