Built on the idea that there’s creative capital to be found in discomfort, Hound of Goshen features four veteran musicians who decided to start a band that placed them in unfamiliar territory. The band features players who are known for playing loud and proud now playing considerably quieter songs.
Brian Allen, who plays guitar and sings in the band, is best known to Augusta audiences as a drummer. He said singing, songwriting and playing a new instrument presents him with a welcome challenge.
“That challenge has been having to learn a whole new skill set,” he said at the AMPED preview showcase at Sky City. “I mean, I haven’t been playing guitar long. In fact, tonight will be the fourth time in public.”
Allen’s wife, Tracy, plays bass. While not a new instrument for her, she said the simplicity of the songs and the often-acoustic arrangements force her to play it in an unfamiliar way. She said punk rock, which is where she started, offered a lot of hiding places. The Goshen sound does not.
“It has really forced me, all of us really, to slow down and work with open spaces,” she said. “You have to be simple.”