Ageless indie rock. Written somewhere between Melbourne circa 2005 and New York City circa 2001, Hounds Below combine the most powerful indie influences of the last two decades. Cut Copy synths and building dance tracks make me wonder if this is a reissue of something the Modular label put out in Australia, but the solid male rock vocals and strong guitar lines are much more reminiscent of the mid 2000’s indie rock scene, soaked in Interpol and The Strokes vibes. The Detroit band does not create something completely distinct, more like what I imagine a Architecture in Helsinki produced Ted Leo album might sound like. But nevertheless, an album that is certainly worth a listen. Pair with teen angst, lonely nights drinking wine coolers, and Undeclared (A failed Judd Apatow TV show about college from 2001).
RIYL: The Strokes, Ted Leo, Van She