The chemistry of this band is striking from the opening notes of "On the Road," the snappy opening track from Houndmouth's debut. The duel vocals of frontman Matt Myers and keyboardist Katie Toupin are an immediate draw, and the groove the four create is cause enough to hit the 'repeat' button. As you work your way through From the Hills Below the City it's hard to deny the influence of acts like The Band, just listen as the chorus swells on the outlawish "Penitentiary". And yes, in terms of songs, themes of bad decisions, jail, drugs and crime weave through the album. But Houndmouth are pretty clever turning these taboo topics into irresistible moments. For instance, don't pass up "Casino (Bad Things)" which Katie takes the lead on, offering up some classic southern charm.