A Shoeclack Interview with Houndmouth
Leading up to Wayhome Music & Arts Festival at Burl’s Creek in Oro-Medonte, Ontario, we had the opportunity to sit down with Matt Myers – the lead guitarist and vocalist for Houndmouth. The Indiana band is playing Saturday July 29th at 6:30 PM at Wayhome, and we got Matt’s perspective of what it’s like to make the trek up to Canada to play a music festival.
Part of the beauty of festivals is discovering new bands. How would you describe Houndmouth to someone that isn’t familiar with your music? Is there anything that fans should know about you guys, going into your set at Wayhome?
I think it’s always hard to describe your own band, you know. We’ve got a guitar, bass, keys, drums, and a couple of saxophone players. Just rock n’ roll. Lots of guitar solos, and you can dance to it.
Kind of perfect for an afternoon set at Wayhome.
How is different to prepare for a 30 min afternoon set at a festival compared to a regular headlining show? How do you choose a set list when you’re limited to that time slot?
It’s actually much more fun, mostly because you can just pick all your favourites to play.
So what are some of your go-to songs for this tour?
Go-to songs… Well we’re in the studio now making our next record. Probably just new stuff that nobody’s heard yet.
What are you most looking forward to about coming up to Canada to play a festival?
I love Canada! I’m not looking forward to getting in – going through the border. We’re in LA right now, actually, doing the record, so we have to fly all the way there. I’m just looking forward to playing. We have two different worlds, being in the studio as opposed to playing live. They couldn’t be more opposite of each other, so I think it’s good to get out of the studio headspace for awhile.
Have you guys spent a lot of time up in Canada?
Yeah, but we’re just coming up for the one show this time. It’s usually like that when we go to Canada. We don’t get to hang out often because it’s always in the middle of a tour or something. But I love Canada. There are so many amazing Canadian people and artists. I was listening to Norm McDonald’s podcast last night, and he’s a top class Canadian.
What do you like to see from crowds at festivals? What can fans do to set the show apart from the rest and help make it memorable?
I like to see a lot of cell phones in the crowd taking videos and people vaping. That’s my favourite. Really though, just drugged up, happy crowds.
When you guys play a fest like Wayhome, do you get the chance to hang around and explore? What are your favourite aspects of music festivals, other than the music?
We like to walk around and see what’s going on. Usually they have unhealthy food stands and stuff, and I always like to get a hotdog or something. It’s a good place to connect. There are so many bands in one concentrated spot, so it’s a good place to see people and to see new bands. It can be a tough place for a band too, like you have to try really hard at a festival, because everybody’s there to have fun. There’s just a lot going on at once.
What’s been your favourite festival moment? Either as a band playing a festival or even just as an attendee
Man, I wish I had a good festival story. There’s a lot going on. It’s almost like the festivals these days are bigger than the bands playing them. Usually it’s just walking around the festival, nothing specific. I was playing Wiffle Ball one time at Newport Folk Festival and hit a ball, and it hit Jack White. It hit him in the back and then he turned around and he picked it up. Then he goes “I told you goddamn kids, stay out of my yard.” That was pretty cool. I’d never met him before that, and he seems like a funny guy.
What are your plans for the rest of the summer? Heading back to Los Angeles?
Yeah we’re heading back to L.A. after Wayhome. Jon Rado from Foxygen is producing our record, and Rado is going on tour for a month, so we have to wait a month before we can get back and do some more songs. I’ll be writing for the next month.
What have you been listening to lately?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Frank Ocean. I was just at FYF Festival, saw Nine Inch Nails for the first time, and that was wild. Oh and Solange, she blew my mind.
Is there anything else you want to mention about the band or your new record?
Ah no, I’m not one for self promotion.