Houndmouth vocalist Matt Myers discusses sophomore LP

The indie folk band will perform at Roots N Blues N BBQ on Friday.

Houndmouth lead vocalist Matt Myers doesn’t exactly know why he always wanted to play music, but he feels he made the right choice. When Myers was 12 years old, he knew that he wanted a guitar. From that point on, music has played a major role in his life as well as his career.

“I just messed with [the guitar] for years by myself in my room,” Myers said. “[It was] the only thing I really put myself into 100 percent.”

Houndmouth is a three-piece indie folk band from New Albany, Indiana. Despite the recent departure of founding member Katie Toupin, the band is continuing to tour and promote their most recent album, Little Neon Limelight. The folk rockers will be stopping by Columbia to perform at the annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival on Friday.

Myers describes the creative process of Little Neon Limelight as a collaborative effort. Each band member had parts of certain songs written, and when they all came together to rehearse, they took those small fragments and transformed them into fully-fledged songs.

“We were giving each other verses and choruses and bridges,” Myers said. “There was literally like a bunch of pieces just scattered around with similar subject matter. It was just a matter of coming together.”

Touring and the promotion of their second LP hasn’t stopped the songwriting process. Myers said the band has been writing on a regular basis and that work on the third record has already begun. However, while plenty of writing has taken place, the band is not in the recording stages of their third album because of constant touring and life on the road. Myers said that life on the road can be physically exhausting and time-consuming.

“Being on the road is weird and it kind of takes a toll on you and kind of makes you hate music for a while,” Myers said. “So, we had to come back home and get together like we used to and just have fun and make music again. So that’s kind of what we’re doing right now. We’re just relearning how to have fun.”

You can catch Houndmouth’s set at Roots N Blues N BBQ at 6:30 p.m. on the Great Southern Bank Stage.

Edited by Katie Rosso | krosso@themaneater.com

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