The BLOODHOUNDS play Blues / R&B rock n’roll with a fresh, edgy, almost punk edge, and add a hint of a Latin groove to the mix. These guys are from East LA, and if you haven’t heard the news, that’s where it’s all goin’ down these days!
Though founded on electric sound they also dig the old jug band style of playing. Picking up cheap acoustic guitars, turning ordinary household items into instruments and constructing a traditional washtub-broomstick bass, they often busk in the streets of downtown Los Angeles to the delight of large crowds.
The band, formed by Aaron “Little Rock” Piedraita on rhythm guitar, Johnny Santana on bass, Branden Santos on lead guitar, and Mark Schafler on drums and percussion, was discovered by Arthur Alexander (The Poppees, Sorrows) who has produced their debut album “Let Loose!”.
- December 20 @ Chili Cook — Highland Park, Los Angeles
A band with Latin roots, the Bloodhounds can’t help but bring to mind “another band from East L.A.,” though the influence is less direct in their songs. What is there is that same love of classic R&B, early rock and garage punk, with cuts like “Wild Little Rider” and “Crackin’ Up” sounding like 60s era nuggets. Bucking the theory that you can’t judge a band by one song title, there’s the immediate classic “Try a Little Reefer”. The sloppy electric guitar, overamplified harmonica, underlying organ and gang vocals give you exactly what you’d expect/hope for with a name like that. – Scott Fowley / ROUTES & BRANCHES
The ‘Hounds make it fresh, sounding like they’re having a blast jumpin’ in the night through “Saint Dee,” “Indian Highway” and a cover of Bo Diddley’s “Crackin’ Up.” The band also goes for a more overtly bluesy vibe on “The Wolf” and “Bottle Cap Blues.” The surprise, however, comes from “Olderbudwiser,” “Hey Lonnie” and “Dusty Bibles & Silver Spoons,” which dig even further back to the U.K.’s brief but memorable skiffle craze – not an influence usually heard, especially not from a band this young. It’s that kind of open-mindedness that make the Bloodhounds more than just a retro revivalist bar band and Let Loose an auspicious debut. – Michael Toland / BLURT Magazine
We’ll take a triple dose of this bluesy garage-rock! RIYL early Stones, Yardbirds and Nuggets. – The BIG TAKEOVER
The band has a Stones-y retro sound drenched in Farfisa organ and harmonica. – CELEBSTONER
Classic rock and roll R&B - imagine if Bob Dylan was born and raised in East L.A. and you have the sound of The Bloodhounds. – DISCOVER L.A.
Play with maximum emphasis placed on good old fashioned rock’n’roll. – The MAD MACKEREL
Tight, fresh and original. – RUST MAGAZINE