The Des Moines band, Holy White Hounds, have a new EP out. It’s called, “Oh Mama” and it sounds amazing!
We caught up with frontman Brenton Dean of HWH for a quick interview…
Locusic: For those unfamiliar with your music, how would you describe it?
HWH: We don’t describe it really. You could call it rock but I don’t like doing that too much. The word rock covers everything from Katy Perry to Bob Dylan depending on who you ask. I believe it was the great John Frusciante who said, “I feel that when you speak about things your diarrhea’ing all over them. You just ruin whatever your talking about.” That kinda sums up my fear of describing our music.
Locusic: From what I’ve heard of the new album, it sounds really well produced. Where did you have it done and what was the recording process like?
HWH: We recorded the EP at Sonic Factory here in town. Branden Darner produced it and Micah Natera engineered. So yes, very well produced. Those guys do great work. We spent some time mixing out at ARC studio in Omaha as well. That was a great time. The recording process was pretty laid back. We put in a couple long days and then took our time putting the touches on it here and there over the next couple weeks. We ate and drank a lot throughout the recording. So I guess we kept it pretty loose.
Locusic: What do you guys do when you’re not working on your music?
HWH: That’s a tricky question because I’m never without music. It sounds fuckin’ corny, but truly, I am so rarely without a song developing in my mind. If that wasn’t the case I don’t think I would play music at all. What would be the point in putting myself out there like that if I didn’t feel innately driven to do it? It’s hard work, being in a band. Luckily I got someone like Ambrose [Lupercal], who is a super disciplined guy. If we are not working on our music we are probably talking about working on our music… working on not pushing up daisies.
Locusic: Where can people get a copy of the new album?
HWH: Best way to get a copy is certainly to come to a show and buy one! Although, for the lame ducks out there, it will be up on iTunes very soon.