With one foot planted firmly in rock’s proud history, and the other charging forward from Sydney’s inner west, Release the Hounds strike a formidable balance between the take-no-prisoners attitude of the past, and a relentless drive to make their own unique mark on the Australian rock n’ roll landscape.
With an emphasis on what makes rock music truly timeless- passion, joy, and heaped servings of volume- Release the Hounds conjure up a brand of hard rock that is like a finding a new drinking buddy- a cheeky new habit that somehow feels oh-so-familiar.
Never satisfied with simply tearing up the local pubs, Release the Hounds possesses a dogged drive rarely seen in a group so young. Since their 2010 formation, the Hounds could often be found road tripping up and down the east coast of Australia, or shooting over to Adelaide, often at a moment’s notice. Having already shared the stage with Australian icons The Choirboys and BB Steal, 2017 has seen more touring with The Choirboys and supporting US blues rockers Dan Baird & Homemade Sin. This 5 piece backs itself, and dives right in.
After a string of successful EP releases, February 2016 saw Release the Hounds again upping the ante on their hard won reputation, touring nationwide on the back of new single ‘Jada’.
If this hard driving ode to a local gentleman’s club dancer is any indication, the 2017 release of the band’s debut album ‘Fret Rattle’ engineered by Tommy Vetterli from metal icons Coroner, is one every rock fan should keep an eye out for.
Release the Hounds aren’t going to stop. Best get ready
“Release the Hounds are a continuum of the mighty lineage of classic Australian Rock & Roll born of and wreaking of the golden age of pub rock. They smash out zero bullshit, party fuelled, loud as hell, Oz rock `n roll of the finest order”– Mick Griffin, Rock Bottom Radio
“Sydney up and comers, Release the Hounds, there are a hard-core of fans in tow to eat up their brand of blue collared/no frills rock n roll. Reference points are AC/DC & Rose Tattoo, and with a set of catchy, original hard rocking tunes, these guys are on the rise and one band to look out for” – Cowboy Col, Rockbrat
“Led by in-your-face front man Ben Jacob and fit-for-a-stadium axeman Brett Tyrrell, Release The Hounds might at first seem like a thousand other collectives trying to recapture the lost glories of 1970s and eighties beer and bombast. Then you hear the songs. This is Big Rock with the fat trimmed off, riffs that fill rooms, hooks that hang in the air before you long after the music has died, an unmistakable feeling that you are witnessing the start of something special. And then there’s the show; Tyrrell indulging in the traditions of the great guitar showmen without so much as missing a note, his corkscrew curls bobbing under the stage lights as Release The Hounds’ backline does its darnedest to knock you clear off your feet” – Steve Mascord, Triple M Sydney, Sydney Morning Herald,