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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States | SELF

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States | SELF
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"Local CD Review:"

Blackhounds = Lucero + Gaslight Anthem + Tom Petty
These days you gotta be specific. Is it alt-rock? Indie rock? Jam rock? No? How about Goth rock? Post punk? Post tech? Techno punk? Stop the list, I’m getting dizzy. There is a true plethora of sub-genres in today’s musical landscape. It’s exhausting, which is what makes reviewing this band such a pleasure. Blackhounds make rock n’ roll. Maybe there’s a dollop of country twang in there, maybe the vocals smack of the gravelly 90s grunge sounds—it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day this local band’s music can only be described as good old American rock and fuckin’ roll. A full-length album is set to drop in spring 2011, and the four track EP can be found on the web or at a BlackHounds show. Speaking of which, if you missed them at Kilby on the 26 of last month, the boys are romping across the U.S. on their Down n’ Dirty tour through this month, but they’ll be back here in early November. The tracks on Hold On For Dear Life are all fun to listen to, and manage a sincerely positive vibe, even when the lyrical subject matter is melancholy. Their sound is simple and unpretentious, and the fun they have playing music is obvious to any listener. –Jesse Hawlish - SLUG

"Local Releases: Blackhounds"

Last time we officially saw a release from the group was their debut EP, Hold On For Dear Life. It showed awesome promise from the indie hard rockers and the live shows complimented it well. The group spent a lot of 2010 and some of early parts of this year putting together their official full-length Rot N' Roll, and a superb job they did. This is probably one of the best sounding albums we've had all year, clean and crisp, and enough appeal to get fans from folk and country to alternative and near-metal to dig it. Definitely worth checking out. - Salt Lake City Weekly


"Hold on For Dear Life" EP (2008)
"Get up to Get It" Single (2009)
"Rot n' Roll" LP (2011)



Emerging from the shadows of the Zion Curtain in Salt Lake City in summer of 2008, Blackhounds formed when 3 friends set out to do something different.
Fed up with their current musical endeavors, Vocalist/guitarist, Lorin Madsen, along with Guitarists, Clyde Armstrong and Daniel McAllister began writing songs together under the name Blackhounds. Wanting to share their music with as many people as possible, as soon as possible, the band found drummer Benjamin Hoagland, and a fill-in bassist, and in winter of 2008, they set out on their first tour. Tour however was cut short in central Oregon when winter struck, resulting in a rollover accident. Beaten, but far from broken, they found themselves in a motel room in Baker City, Oregon, writing about the experience. Two months later, the band was in the studio with engineer Matt Winegar (Primus, Coheed And Cambria) and the “Hold On For Dear Life” E.P. was born. The following spring, armed with a brand new E.P. a new van, and a fresh outlook, Blackhounds hit the road again, with the intention of staying there. And stay there they did. Between playing full-band and unplugged, Blackhounds quickly began to gain a reputation nationally for their captivating live performance. Despite several line-up changes, the band managed to play over 200 shows coast to coast in their first year of touring, and have pushed close to 4,000 units of their first EP release nation wide. “The tours kept getting better and the CD kept selling, so we kept touring”
In fall of 2009, the band’s rhythm section was solidified with the addition of Bassist Ronald Prince. Very shortly after though, Blackhounds was reduced to a quartet with the departure of Daniel McAllister. With several months of tours already booked, vocalist Lorin Madsen picked up a guitar in addition to his vocal duties and the band didn’t look back.
The next year was spent further exhausting their E.P. across the country, solidifying their coveted reputation as “road dogs”. After playing over 350 shows across the country in their first 2 years on the road, Blackhounds had evolved into what seemed to them to be a different band. Still very proud of their first release, they felt that they were highly overdue for a new album, and wanted to start work on it immediately.
January of 2011 found Blackhounds back in the studio with Matt Winegar (Hold On For Dear Life) to record their highly anticipated full length. Titled “Rot n’ Roll”, the effort is not only a clear indication of how far the band has come, but also where they intend to go. Following "Rot n' Roll's spring 2011 release, Blackhounds hit the road yet again in its support...and they're still there.