Ardent Music's latest signees, Greyhounds, released their debut album on Tuesday. As we wrote when the band was signed last October, the Austin-based duo, comprised of Andrew Trube and Anthony Farrell, has logged lots of road time as sidemen for J.J. Grey and Mofro.
Accumulator is the first album in a three-record deal between Greyhounds and the recently revived label associated with Big Star and Alex Chilton. Greyhounds has a record release party at the Hi-Tone on Friday, April 11th.
The band has several Memphis connections, including saxophonist Art Edmaiston. Tracks from the album point to the band's affinity for Memphis and the sounds of the 1960s soul records produced here at Stax and Royal. But the sounds on the new record reflect their time at Ardent, especially in the guitars and the drums, which sound nuanced and full among the spacious arrangements.
Ardent engineer Adam Hill mixed Accumulator. Greyhounds began their tour on an auspicious note last week in St. Louis.
"Right when they opened doors a tornado hit," Trube says. "The sirens were going off and hail was coming down, so we were all in the basement. It was good, for that. We were surprised anyone even showed up. The weather's been terrible all day. It's funny. I was sitting downstairs and heard [siren sound] and everybody starts coming down to the basement."
They have already begun preproduction on their second record for Ardent Music.
"This is the first [album]," Trube says. "It's to let everyone know what we do; an introduction. We're keeping our fingers crossed and hoping people dig it. The whole Memphis-Austin connection. Ardent is a major deal. We love Memphis. We've been going to Memphis for years and have lots of friends there."
Greyhounds release party for Accumulator. Friday, April 11th, at the Hi-Tone Café.