Holy White Hound.
Holy White Hounds defines its sound
Published on October 8th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler
For The Holy White Hounds’ new EP, “Oh Mama,” first available at Gas Lamp on Saturday, frontman Brenton Dean wanted a clean start.
The band had released other recordings in its short time using the name (it has also been The Dig Angees and La Strange), but Dean wanted to make a definitive statement on the HWH sound.
“One day I was talking with Dana (Halferty) from Parlours. I kind of think of her like a big sister. When she gives advice, I really listen,” Dean said. “I was talking about who I wanted to work with on the album, and she asked me who I knew who would do us the most justice. She said that’s who we should work with. She said ‘Don’t think about anything but what you want to do and make it happen.’ I have to thank Dana for setting me straight.”
Who did Dean want to work with? Brandon Darner and Micah Natera, The Envy Corps members who produced Imagine Dragons’ hit song “It’s Time,” and who have worked with other local acts like Bright Giant and Cashes Rivers.
Darner started attending Holy White Hounds practices, listening to songs develop and making suggestions where needed. For the band’s part, Dean said they were willing to throw themselves at whatever suggestions Darner made.
“The band has a special quality; they’ve been playing together since they were like 13,” Darner said. “They have a certain dynamic that’s really hard to re-create with other people. I just wanted to make sure, if I was going to be involved, that (Dean) was going to give this all his effort and not cut it short somehow.”
The recording process was a whirlwind, with most of the studio work done over just a few days. Darner tried to get the three-piece band to record together as much as possible, rather than laying tracks on top of each other. On “All The Boys Want to Kiss You,” the song was recorded entirely live, just three musicians performing in a room together.
“When I saw them play together, that’s the special thing they have,” Darner said. “It’s very rare that I can work with a band that can pull that kind of stuff off live.”
Holy White Hounds Darner and Natera have done a good amount of work on a full-length album that will be out in the spring. It will include some material from “Oh Mama,” but Dean has been doing more writing, so the band might head back into the studio to record a few new songs to work into the album.
“This EP is really just a taste of the full-length,” Dean said. “The tip of the iceberg. We should have called it ‘Just the Tip.’ That would have been awesome.”
Holy White Hounds
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand Ave.
Cost: $7, $5 for CD of EP