words: Michael Brooks
Philadelphia trio Hound, comprised of vocalist/guitarist Perry Shall, drummer Chris Wilson, and bassist Pat Hickey, make riff heavy rock music that’s not afraid to let loose and have a bit of fun. “Death Lends A Hand”, from Hound’s new album Born Under 76, is the kind of track that makes you want to grab your denim jacket, hop in your Camaro, and cruise around town with a six-pack. Shall is a student of classic rock; the breakdown of the track sounds like somebody misreading a guitar tab to “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath and the verses recall so many great punk songs of the late 70s. The video features Shall jamming along to the track in the shower, perfectly complementing the playful and energetic nature of the song. He hops out of the shower for just a moment to grab a Gibson SG and shred, making it very clear that Shall is somebody you’d want to get a drink with. Hound make music for the kid who opts to sit in the back of the classroom; the kind of student who’s more worried about getting a rise out of the teacher than doing his work and who’s more interested in where the parties at this weekend than filling out college applications. Which is to say, Hound’s music is unapologetically fun.
Shall had this to say about the video:
"I had this concept for this music video for a few months along with a huge list of other ideas and I felt really excited about the simplicity and humor of this idea so we went for this first. It was directed by my friend Charles and shot by Dave Deneen who has worked on a few Dead Milkmen videos. The concept was originally for someone else and even though I do enjoy being on camera, I was a little self conscious about a video of me taking a shower. It ended up being so silly and over the top that I think it worked out alright."