Little Neon Limelight
Little Neon Limelight is a raucous joyride through deep swells of Americana, folk and country, driven by hootenanny stomp-and-holler gang vocals and old-fashioned honky-tonk vibrations filtered through Houndmouth’s youthful exuberance.
The Indiana band sounds best when every voice is working overtime, combining ramshackle belted-out harmonies with skewed down-home country on heavy southern soul tunes like Otis and By God. Black Gold combines the band’s explosive dynamic, switching quick between funky verses and blowout choruses. The quiet anger of For No One and Katie Toupin’s lonesome wail on Gasoline prove they can mellow things out, but the former is a bit sparse in the company of so many high-energy numbers. A touch of kitsch creeps into Say It, but they get back on track with sweetly heartfelt closer Darlin’.
Houndmouth resurrect a blistering, off-its-hinges breed of Americana complete with tangible wild heart and soul.
Top track: Black Gold
Houndmouth play Lee’s Palace Thursday (April 9).