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Arts / Rock band with local connection release new double EP and line up Lerwick gig

Zack Manson (second from right) features in Glasgow band Hound.

A GLASGOW band with Shetland connections is continuing their upwards trajectory with the release of a new double EP.

Hound, who feature Shetlander Zack Manson on vocals and guitar, take influence from the likes of Weezer, Pavement and Paraquet Courts.

The “lo-fi slacker-rock” outfit have released their double EP Some Days Were Good…But Mostly It Was Grim today (Friday), with a limited edition vinyl also available too on Bandcamp.

It features Hound’s latest single Uncomfy, which comes with a striking – and “goofy” – music video. The clip received more than 10,000 plays on YouTube in just over a week when it was released.

The band said their new release expands and refines their “infectious power pop sound: intricate guitar hooks, soaring vocal melodies, bombastic rhythm, encompassing themes of nostalgia, loss, romance, and yearning”.

Legendary radio presenter Steve Lamacq previously said about the band: “A bit American lo-fi, a bit Cribs-esque, and a bit late-90s transit-van band. None of them bad things in our book.”

Manson said: “It’s been an erratic journey for Hound, having members depart, new arrive, all the while still grafting for our biggest project to date, hence the chosen title.

“I feel it reflects what the band has been and what it has become, capturing the emotion and inspiration that has come out of this journey, overall using the experience to our benefit.”

He said the tracks on the upcoming EP release vary from songs about loved ones to mental health and the positive role of community.

Hound are planning a release show in Glasgow’s Old Hairdressers tonight before heading out on tour across the UK.

They will also perform at The Bop Shop’s Boppapalooza festival in Lerwick on 1 June, with tickets on sale now – but availability is limited.

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