This Little Underground: Florida-connected Greyhounds at Backbooth


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  • Greyhounds at Backbooth

Austin band Greyhounds isn’t terribly well-known and the attendance showed at their recent concert (Dec. 12, Backbooth), which is unfortunate because it was a pretty knockout performance. Although their name may not ring a bell around here, the man sitting behind the drums was a very familiar and renowned local face: beat master Anthony Cole. To Orlando scenesters, that’s something that should go a long way in certifying Greyhounds’ legitimacy. Their Florida connection goes even deeper: All three are members of Jacksonville success story JJ Grey & Mofro.

To get you up to speed, they’re a trio of guitar, drums and keys/organs. Oh shit, and some funky motherfucker in a space suit who introduced them and then moved about the club getting down in slow motion – which is, y’know, exactly what you’d do if you were trying to groove in reduced gravity.

Yes, you can see him in their promo photos... 

  • Greyhounds
... but he actually represents in person at their shows.

Greyhounds’ sound is an vintage blend of soul, rock and blues that’s pumped with rich, oxygenated blood and goes down exceptionally smooth. They’re serious practitioners with deep respect and lots of skill. Besides good playing all around, the group’s further blessed with two distinctive singers and the good sense not to get lost in jam. The result is a drop of thick, refined honey.

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