Hailing from Essex, UK, and already gaining a huge reputation for their explosive live performances and an experimental sound that merges punk rock with a unique dance edge, HOUNDS are set to release their brand new EP ‘The Wicked’ on June 4th 2012.
Check out the official word below:
Recently added to the stellar line up of Download Festival this June, the four-piece of Olly Burden, Chas Langston, Adam Hammond and Chris Wallace deliver distinctive anarchic vocals with intense drumming, big synths and dirty bass lines, influenced by a range of iconic groups, from The Clash to Nine Inch Nails, Refused to The Prodigy.
2010 saw Hounds hand-picked by The Prodigy to play Warrior’s Dance Festival at Milton Keynes Bowl and also dubbed as a BBC ‘One to Watch’ following an ‘Introducing’ live session. “Hounds are f*kin great live, that’s why we put them on our festival” said Liam Howlett of The Prodigy.
The band went on to play Sonisphere festival in 2011 before supporting Does It Offend You Yeah? on their UK tour, playing all over the UK to huge crowds, as well as headlining Manchester’s Studio venue for ‘In The City’ that same year.
The crossover in the band’s sound has seen breakbeat and dance DJs queuing up to work with Hounds and remix their tracks, including Belarus acts 4Kuba and Access Denied as well as UK drum n bass favourite Spor. It has also led to legendary Swedish producers Pelle Henricsson and Eskli Lovstrom, most famous for their work on Refused’s seminal album ‘The Shape Of Punk To Come’, co-producing and mixing ‘In Your Eyes’ for Hounds.
Confirmation of the group’s ever-burgeoning success came this year when they were selected by O2 to work with them on their recent Fair Share music initiative, featuring in their new campaign for priority booking for gigs.
“This EP is just a taster of what’s to come. It’s a snap shot of where we are at right now and just enough to whet the appetite whilst we cook up the next release.”
Olly Burden – Hounds
With a seriously infectious sound and not-to-be-missed live performances, 2012 is the year to watch out for Hounds.
‘The Wicked’ EP is released on June 4th 2012 from www.houndsmusic.com and all good digital stores. A limited edition CD version is available to pre-order from hounds.spinshop.com now.
31st May – LONDON – Sebright Arms (EP Launch Show)
8th June – DONNINGTON PARK – Download Festival