Hounds of the Wild Hunt are carriers of an old flame: feral garage rock evolving in its natural environment. The Seattle musical landscape is a tangled forest of bands, genres, and styles teeming with groups whose influences run deep as roots in soil. Amidst this vibrant scene, The Whore Moans once carved out a place for themselves. For five manic years the band proved that a person could still find sweaty, brash, heart-on-your-sleeve rock and roll if they looked for it. After countless tours, two critically acclaimed albums, and multiple appearances at beloved festivals home and abroad like Bumbershoot, CMJ, SXSW, Capitol Hill Block Party, and Reverbfest, the boys in the band felt they had screamed their piece. They were primed for a new challenge in a different direction. There were new songs to be written, new frontiers to storm, new battles to be fought under a new flag. And thus, The Whore Moans evolved into Hounds of the Wild Hunt.
Their self-titled debut E.P. was the raucous clamor of a band shifting gears, the four songs serving as a collection of “orphan tracks” that nonetheless showcased the band testing the limits of what rock can be. The release served as a spring-board for the band, a first step that gave them the confidence to expand their expectations. Their full-length "El Mago," (over a year in the making,) is an actualization of these new territories. Tracked at The Bani Love studio at Columbia City Theater, Crackle and Pop Studio, and their former home, Wizard House, the album features an expansive cast of local talent and charts territories yet unseen by garage bands. Seattle’s dark forests have a new pack: old Hounds with new tricks.