Vox and the Hound

Vox and the Hound

 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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*Voted Best Emerging Artist at the 2013 Big Easy Entertainment Awards*

A mix of indie-rock, country and punk that makes for a varied set. What doesn't vary is the high quality of the tunes, which are excellently arranged to take advantage of the listener's uncertainty of what Vox will do next.

Biography

After stints in various indie rock bands, Leo DeJesus’s ambition was to pass an artistic thread through the tail of a cultural needle. On the one hand attempting to avoid the new-project/side- project/offshoot-project trappings of coming from such a prolific local scene and, on the other hand, making no effort to blindly jump into the melee of a fickle, fleeting American indie rock culture, DeJesus faced the much more personal challenge of creating a distinct musical voice in a city not very much known as a rock and roll Mecca. That city, New Orleans, Louisiana, however, became the site of two furious years of non-stop writing and performing as Vox and the Hound, surrounded by one of the most eclectic line-ups one is likely to ever come across. With frequent collaborator and drummer Eric Rogers, punk rock renaissance ivory man Daniel “D-Ray” Ray, local rock guitarist Rory Callais and area bassist Andrew Jarman, DeJesus’ would-be singer/songwriter vehicle quickly became something of a coordinated supergroup that managed to turn heads at South by Southwest 2012 and beyond, amassing a rabid following that stretched across the Gulf South.

The result of this 48-month labor is Courage, a peculiar and subtly original record that eschews fly-by-night relevance but instead gives heed to anyone curious about how Vox and the Hound has become one of the most beloved acts in the entire state of Louisiana. Recorded in the shadow of the Crescent City Connection at the Living Room Studios in Algiers, the ten track, painstaking analog jaunt through the New Orleans underground pops, buzzes, thumps and sings in ways that largely place it at odds with the aught-tens’ saturation of attention-seeking lo-fi. Stylistically, the band walks a narrow tightrope between the intelligence of modern day content-conscious indie rock and the organic sophistication of jam time-era prog. If an air of one-off aberrance seems to surround Courage, it’s because homegrown records this perfectly executed don’t coalesce very often.

- Taylor Gray, August 17, 2012

Lyrics

Madeline Kahn

Written By: Vox and the Hound

The fire took away the home that we made
That our parents bought and paid for
With the money we always knew we'd get
The fire started late in the evening
After all, that's when the bottle makes the call
Her name was Alice
She don't look like my wife at all
Somebody tell us, one and all
What exactly does it solve to lock your doors at night?

Whoa-oh, it burned
With all the children inside
So many children inside
Whoa-oh, Whoa-oh
Flames don't pray for rain

The fire took away, took away what the wedding brought to be
This lumber wasn't meant to ride an ember from the outside
Hide your little eyes or sit and watch it die
Round and round we go

Whoa-oh, it burned
With all the children inside
So many children inside
Whoa-oh, Whoa-oh

The fire took away, took away what the wedding brought
The fire took away my happy home

Whoa-oh, it burned
With all the children inside
So many children inside
Whoa-oh, it burned
With all the children inside
With every one of us inside
Whoa-oh, Whoa-oh

Flames don't pray for rain

Slingshot

Written By: Vox and the Hound

It's a conflict of interest in a mundane sort of way
And the windows keep the wind close
But the sick of stillness won't go away
And the traffic is just traffic
It's no call to arms, no call to anything
But your mind goes where your wheels won't
So you slingshot, torch bit, obit off the interstate

The weight of the world is here if you need it
Never look far, it's here where you are
Just scatter the pieces, and then you can see it
You gamble your time and recite this line
"I'm fine"

The weight of the world is here if you need it
Just scatter the pieces, and then you can see it

Discography

"Hermosa EP"
Released Jan. 2011
available for streaming, digital download, and CD

"The Man You Thought Was King" single
Released on Father's Day, June 17, 2012
available for streaming and digital download

"Courage"
Release date November 30, 2012
available for streaming, digital download, CD, and vinyl

"Cowards"
Release date January 19, 2013
available for streaming, digital download, and vinyl