It’s been a while since I’ve stumbled upon a band that caught my attention as sharply as has Earl Greyhound. This Brooklyn-based power trio released their debut EP in 2004 via the NYC-based Some Records, going on to release their first album, Soft Targets, on the same label in 2006, shortly after having lost their original drummer, Christopher Bear to his new project Grizzly Bear. Ricc Sheridan replaced Bear, joining original members Matt Whyte (vocals, guitar) and Kamara Thomas (bass, keys, and vocals) to release their sophomore LP Suspicious Package on their own label, Hawk Race Records, in 2010 and an EP entitled Ancient Futures followed later that year. December 18th of 2012 saw the release of their most recent EP, Besides Seasides, their first new music in two years. It also includes four previously unreleased tracks originally recorded in 2003.
Earl Greyhound’s sound is a mix of 70′s-something and 90′s-the other rock and roll, spun into a blend that’s grounded in soul, but dances inside touches of jazz ~ not to mention the fact that they boast a badass female bassist. They’ve enjoyed praise from publications such as The New Yorker, SPIN, Rolling Stone, Brooklyn Vegan and Pitchfork, to name a few. Earl Greyhound has toured the US, Canada and Japan, opening for acts such Gov’t Mule, Chris Cornell and Saul Williams, and hopefully we’ll see more than EP offerings in the near future … and I’m certainly looking forward to that day.
Earl Greyhound performs an acoustic version of their song, 5 Eyes Of Cassandra, from their 2010 LP Suspicious Package.
Here’s the music video for Shotgun, also off of 2010′s Suspicious Package.