B&D Burgers concludes its impressive summer music series Aug. 29 with Houndmouth. The first two installments were headlined by Futurebirds and Kevin Griffin from Better Than Ezra. Those sold out, so get your tickets right away.
Houndmouth was founded in 2011 in New Albany, Ind., and soon began attracting regional attention. They played the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, and I was lucky to catch them live when they drew a huge crowd to their Forecastle set in 2015.
The 2015 album “Little Neon Limelight” was filled with awesome songs like “Sedona” and “Black Gold” that showcased Houndmouth’s strong lyrics, catchy tunes, wide-ranging influences and surprising instrumentation.
Keyboardist and vocalist Katie Toupin left Houndmouth in 2015, but three other longtime members remain: the charismatic singer and guitarist Matt Myers, bassist and vocalist Zak Appleby and drummer and vocalist Shane Cody.
I imagine some people advised the band to make their next record sound as much as possible like “Little Neon Limelight,” but Houndmouth had other ideas.
Houndmouth’s new album “Golden Age” seems a significant departure from the catchy rock of the previous full-length effort. With its tempo changes, electronic effects and subdued vocals, the opening track “Never Forget” boldly states that this record will be different than the last.
B&D has been bringing in a big stage and clearing tables from the patio for this summer series, which creates a roomy outdoor space with easy access to the bars. Still, the total capacity is markedly less than for other venues on Houndmouth’s tour — like the Georgia Theatre in Athens on Aug. 28 and The Orange Peel in Asheville on Aug. 30.
So this is a chance for Houndmouth fans and other live music lovers to see a great band in a relatively intimate setting. I’m excited to hear live versions of songs from the new album and of course to hear hits like “Sedona,” too.
Openers include JD Music Group, Street Clothes and Liz Cooper & The Stampede.
Doors open at 5 p.m. Aug. 29 at B&D Burgers, 209 W. Congress St. Advance general admission tickets ($45) are available via Eventbrite. VIP tickets ($110) include a meet-and-greet with the band.
Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com) and hissing lawns (www.hissinglawns.com). Email firstname.lastname@example.org.