The Hounds Below | Beat Kitchen (Chicago, IL) | December 10, 2009 |
photography: Jade Amey
Recognize The Hounds Below lead man? He is also the front man for the Detroit rock outfit, the Von Bondies. Are they just as good? Oh yes, of course. I wouldn’t say this band is as energetic and electrifying live as the Von Bondies are, but that’s really not a bad thing. I’m sure not a lot of people would know this from listening to the Von Bondies, but if you happen to see a Hounds Below show, I bet the first comparison for Jason Stollsteimer’s voice will be Roy Orbison. Not only is there a very clear presence of Orbison in his voice, but there is also a distinct presence of early rock ‘n’ roll in the music with a tinge of a jumpy blues-folk-soul mix. However you want to describe it, ‘it’ is good. And they even win without a drummer (which was the case at this Chicago show). Besides this band being so damn great live, it also shows how versatile of a musician Stollsteimer can be. I have a feeling this won’t be a short lived project, so keep your eye on this band.