Hoots & Hellmouth have come a long way indeed from the blues holler stompin' days of their earliest local gigs. For their most recent LP, In The Trees, the band holed up at Mt. Slippery, the studio home of Dr. Dog in deepest Delco (Clifton Heights, to be exact). If "Diction," the haunting lead off track (with slightly eerie video), is anything to go by, they've transcended their environment by absorbing them altogether: Delco being, as we know, is the heart of strange suburban Philly evil (see: Midgetville, for starters) and Dr. Dog's late period studio sorcery is also present.
This gig, however, sees the band moving forward in a threefold fashion: One, it’s the beginning of a monthly summer residency at The Boot & Saddle. Two, said residency supports a new EP, Uneasy Pieces, about to drop any minute now. Three, they’re recording all the shows in the residency for a forthcoming live record. It’s nice to have these guys back downtown, out of the woods.