FFO: Circa Waves, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Peace, Arctic Monkeys
Runaway Hounds are Owen Stavenuiter, Kent Stavenuiter, Dan Glover, and Callum Ford, an unsigned emerging indie rock outfit hailing from Wolverhampton, creating powerful, driving tracks inspired by the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen, and The Kooks. Formed only in 2016, the quartet have already gained airplay on BBC Introducing and headlined a number of gigs across the West Midlands, the first of which to an audience of 400 at Wolverhampton’s The Slade Rooms. Following on from the success of their debut single Rattlesnake which amassed over 2,000 plays on Spotify in the first few months alone, Runaway Hounds bring you their latest release Sophie.
Brimming with crowd ready, powerful riffs, Sophie features inspired and passionate lyricism narrating the story of Sophie, a girl careless of her actions, the harm she brings, or the hearts she breaks. Produced by Ryan Pinson, the track was recorded across two days at RML Studios in Wolverhampton. Owen Stavenuiter’s vocals are laced with enthusiasm and grit, and the track brilliantly showcases evident growth since their last release. I’m keen to see what else Runaway Hounds have up their sleeves, and I’m equally interested to see them perhaps divert their attention away from the slight Catfish and the Bottlemen influence (no shade, I’m just bored of them, like many others). Ultimately, Sophie is a strong second single, and Runaway Hounds might just be a band to keep an eye on. Sophie will be available to listen to in all the usual places from MIDNIGHT (23/02).