80/35 after party: Holy White Hounds, The Fuss, AND MORE!
Keep the night going at DMSC after 80/35!
Tix – $7 / $5 with 80/35 wristband
The Kum & Go Theater
Holy White Hounds.
Holy White Hounds is an apt name for the quartet’s endearing but feral alt-rock. The moniker also conjures the band’s origins as small town underdogs who are rising to earn national prominence. When pressed on the significance of the handle, lead vocalist and guitarist Brenton Dean states: “We’re dirty but we’re not unclean. We’re mangy, but you’d still let us sleep in your bed.”
For young kids with guitars, prodigious musical gifts, and aspirations of being professional musicians, the distance culturally and opportunity wise between a town like Des Moines, Iowa and New York or Los Angeles can make dreams feels unattainable. But for the proud sons of the Hawkeye State in Holy White Hounds, it’s their dedication to music and the alt-rock quartet’s ultra catchy tuneage that’s bridging the divide. Now, the band announces its debut album, Sparkle Sparkle (Razor & Tie).
The Fuss is a DIY Indie-Rock group from Des Moines, Iowa (est. 2015). Combining guitar-centric elements of ‘60s garage-rock, poignant lyricism and buoyant vocal melodies, they’ve crafted an engaging and energetic live set with a sound that’s been described as “sonically adventurous*” and “severely catchy**”. Beginning as the solo project of songwriter Joey Lyons, The Fuss now features Matt Nelson, Ben Waldschmitt, and Nick Lucs and has set itself apart in the Des Moines music scene. They have released two self-produced EP’s to date – “One” and “Two”. Tracks from these works have been featured in numerous volumes of “Life as a Minestrone” (a French indie music blog and series of compilation albums). The band has received numerous noteworthy acknowledgments from local organizations such as the Des Moines Music Coalition (song included in the CarpeDM Mix, Vol. III, featured at SXSW Des Moines Embassy) and the Iowa Music Project (song included in The Iowa Music Project, released on Maximum Ames Records). The band has quickly built a loyal local following and aims to expand its fan-base through touring in support of their forthcoming, self-produced record, Self-Titled.