The three-piece band The Flying Hounds comprised of Ned Vogel, Jack Cox and Tom Cox formed in 2014 and managed to squeak out a full-length eleven song album entitled Take Off! with The Flying Hounds before the end of the year. Make no mistake about it, The Flying Hounds is a rock band that have a raw, visceral sound that embody what the genre thrives on. They sound like three guys in a room, playing live with little inhibitions. Their instruments are like extensions of the emotions they are feeling.
The most expressive component of the band is the vocalist. His voice rings with different shades of emotions that feel innate and pure. Take for instance the first song “Amy Lee” in which he sounds like an alternate version of Bruce Springsteen singing some weird version of “Born to Run.” His voice is mixed in with fuzzy guitars, bass and drums and ‘50s style doo-wop background vocals.
The band's songwriting is consistently strong. Songs like “Daffodil” and “Bottle Kids” are immediately enjoyable. That being said, the band has clear highlights; one of those being “Steaze Monkey.” The song has a distinct garage/punk vibe that is reminiscent of The Stooges. I was digging the lead guitar parts but that rhythm section was mighty impressive as well. The high point comes towards the end when the vocalist changes his vocal style. It is as if the band used up all their energy within the first three minutes and needed to reflect and contemplate what they just accomplished.
Another highlight is “Tennessee Woman” which was a personal favorite. If you are from Chicago you will no doubt appreciate the lines he has regarding our frigid winters. On top of that the song displays exceptional yet simple songwriting. The band plows through a couple of notable songs including “I’ll See You Inside” and “Stinger.”
I’m more than impressed in what The Flying Hounds was able to accomplish on their debut. The fact that the band is so new points to better things to come. Look out The Flying Hounds have arrived.
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