Official site: earlgreyhound.com
Where phantoms strange from three made one
Then mark'd the beast and mock'd the sun
Lay languid in a starry gaze
A mongrel that the gods did raise
To phantom speed and siren’s wail
Its wake made seem a thresher’s flail
And from the deep the mermaid shail’d ,
"Its flashing eyes! Its goldentail!”
A greyhound rides the range tonight
And from its mouth did thus alight:
Earl Greyhound began with the collaboration of songwriters Matt Whyte and Kamara Thomas in the spring of 2002 in New York City. The pair began performing regularly as a duo on piano and guitar in NYC and Los Angeles that summer, during which they crafted the sound that would become the nucleus and essence of Earl Greyhound.
They expanded the act into a far louder guitar trioMatt on lead vocals and guitar and Kamara on bass and backing vocalswith keen aim set on the sound of strident English rock bands from the likes of Queen and Bowie to Led Zeppelin and T.Rex. The trio’s live show soon exploded into a veritable rock and roll wrecking ball, swinging from melodious soul to gallant rock. Behind a leviathan drum kit, drummer Ricc Sheridan pounds out thundering interwoven beats in the tradition of John Bonham and Billy Cobham’s Mahavishnuand in appearance, uncannily reminiscent of Hendrix-era Buddy Miles.
The interplay of Matt and Kamara’s singing is mesmerizing, “often invoking the spirit of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris” (Village Voice). With the release of their self-titled EP on Some Records in October 2004, Earl Greyhound began an extensive tour of the US to prepare for the recording of their self-produced debut full-length Soft Targets (release date 10/03/06) in Los Angeles. The tour concluded with an invitation to support Soundtrack of Our Lives at The Troubadour in LA.
Soft Targets was recorded in LA at Westbeach Recorders (FleetwoodMac, Pink Floyd) and finished back home in New York in January 2006. The band is at work preparing their next record and playing shows on the northeast corridor before they head out this fall to support the release of their full-length debut. Soft Targets is one of the most important releases of 2006, a impressive foundation for a band set to make a major impact on the musical landscape.