Begin your week with an energetic, foot-tapping song from Houndmouth. When Matt Myers sings: “We came here to win // We didn’t come for the entertainment,” before he dons a crash helmet, it’s a moment of mad, glorious escapism. As ever, the voices of Shane Cody, Matt Myers and Zak Appleby sound effortlessly brilliant together. With a great bassline, powerful rhythms and uplifting chorus, ‘Las Vegas’ is a truly rousing song. Of course, there’s always more to Houndmouth’s lyrical narratives and characters and, while sonically upbeat, we soon find that their luck has run out: “Now I’m listening to the stories that you’re spinning // About how you got burned when the tables turned cold,” and Vegas is: “…the city of plastic // But so real, it’s dangerous.” It’s full of adventure but with a healthy dose of realism.
In the accompanying video, we see Myers, guitarist and vocalist, dressed as Evel Knievel as the band take a trip to the Clarksville, Indiana SportsDrome. From the moment you see the drums being loaded into the convertible, you know you’re in for a rocking good time. Director Francis Thomasovich captures the band’s humour and camaraderie, smiling at one another’s great musicianship. Shane Cody beats his drumsticks on the guitar before Myers launches into a triumphant guitar solo, perfectly summing up the the vibe of the video.
‘Las Vegas’ is the closing track from Houndmouth’s brand new album ‘Good For You’, essential listening this autumn. If you haven’t already checked it out then allow this video to point you in the right direction. Enjoy.