The Heinous Hounds Blues Band
How do you put a combined 200 years (or 40 near enough each as individuals) of playing live music into a resume? A list of Venues? That would look like a telephone directory. A list of albums played on would fill a record store! So chances are if you have heard anyone of us you need know no more, or if you haven’t then what words can describe up such a collective and eclectic history?
“Something old something new, something borrowed, something blue.” in some ways it could sum up the whole band in a nutshell! The Heinous Hound Blues Band is the brainchild of Steve Lucas, one of the founding members of the legendary Australian band X.
“The concept of The ‘Hounds’ came to me while organizing a benefit for the charity, ChildWise, that works in the field of child protection and safety. I decided to call upon some of closest friends to do something a little different… a kind of ‘Village People’ of the ‘Blues’ circuit.” says Lucas. “We’ve been at it ever since, having so much fun we just don’t want to stop!”
The comprises of some of Melbourne’s best. Ash Davies on drums, Chris Wilson – vocals and blues harp, Jerome Smith, – vocals and bass guitar, Matt Dwyer – vocals guitar and Steve Lucas – vocals and guitar. What started out as a ‘one off’ show based on the Elvis Comeback special of 1968, became a unique blend of old time country blue grass feels to a contemporary ‘mash up’ of everything ‘blue’ ever sung – both old and new, under the sun.
Every member is qualified to front a band like, this and it rare to see 5 front men passing the lead vocal from one to the other with such musical dexterity. In spite of vastly different backgrounds they fit into the grooves seamlessly. Without so much as a blink, shifting through swing, funk, trad, R&B as well as good old Rock and Roll! Each stepping up and playing the best songs the genres has to offer. Each member is a qualified front man in his own right. Each has a particular musical gift or talent. It is a rare thing to see such a group work with so much respect and admiration for each other. No egos, just a love of the music and the need to keep it real.
The Heinous Hound Blues Band line up consists of;
Steve Lucas – Guitar& Vocals (from the legendary band X).
Chris Wilson – Vocals & harmonica, Crown of Thorns.
Jerome Smith – Vocals & bass guitar (Keith Richards & the Expensive Winos).
Ash Davies – Drums & Vocals (Ash Davies/Matt Walker).
Matt Dwyer – Guitar & Vocals (Little Big band).