You’ve probably seen these guys around before, if you’re a music lover here in the ATX. If you dig Black Pumas, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears, The Tender Things, Nikki Lane, Israel Nash…then yeah, you may have seen them onstage. Are you into PR Newman? Magic Rockers of Texas? All right then. These faces will be familiar ones.
Once upon a time, in 2011, Spencer Garland and Jim Campo were roommates and stuff. And things. Without any specific direction or ideas – or a clue, they made a band that your Austin Music Minute maven became an instant fan of. Berkshire Hounds soon had drummer Jordan Cook and bassist Alexander “Z” Lynch (as in, mob) on board for this rock ‘n’ roll hoodlum tangent. It was awesome, especially the raucous and demented Are Not Amused (2013), but after five years and three releases in tow, the band went el foldo. They each moved on to multiple projects – it’s not like they weren’t busy – and that was that. Until now.
This year marks the return of Berkshire Hounds with a new single, “Don’t Doubt the Team” (featured on today’s AMM), and a new album coming out next year. The band intends to raise hell at their single release show tonight at Hole In the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe, with friends Mean Jolene, Otis the Destroyer, The Oysters, and Annabelle Chairlegs on the bill. You need to be there. Doors at 8 p.m.
Don’t abandon me again, Berkshire Hounds. (That’s not hostile or passive aggressive, is it?) Totally recommended.
-Spencer Garland and Jim Campo of Berkshire Hounds. Photo courtesy of the artist.