That first November 2011 night, when it all fell together at the Green House, was nothing more complicated than four friends playing music, armed with something to drink and a curiosity about what might happen. They were the generation who has come of age in the new economy, already adept at shuffling jobs and get-bys, firmly acclimated to the diminished expectations that come with growing up somewhere the rest of the world assumes is nowhere. Which, in this case, is New Albany, Indiana. Houndmouth's truths are emotional. For the most part. 'The dealers and the bootleggers/Got me hooked on freebasing/And I can't trust my government/So I looked into the other dimension,' lead singer Katie Toupin sings, tough and innocent. "And now they got me doing bad things." "The song is a story," Katie says. 'I didn't get hooked on freebasing. Yet there is part of me in it'It's also maybe about me wanting to escape, loosen my morals, not opening my heart to people." So are the songs. Deeply emotional, that weird, powerful, essential thing the blues does that makes you feel better through the tears. Especially the songs which are deeply personal, like "Halfway to Hardinsburg" or "Palmyra." Or the sad, slurring loss of "Long as You're Home," on which they sing, "Who am I supposed to be'" Themselves, of course.
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