From: Austin, Texas
Genre: Indie/Garage Rock
Having been somewhat swept off our feet by the influx of excellent female-fronted bands finding their stride over recent months, it will probably come as no surprise that the latest band to penetrate the Rediscover Music radar is the “indiefied” rock and roll sound of A Giant Dog. Emerging in 2008 from the remenants of their high-school band in Houston, not immune to a lineup change here and there, singer Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen (vocals, guitar) team up with Andy Bauer (guitar), Graham Low (bass) andto create a formidable blend of indie tuneage, rooted in traditional rock and roll and absorbing the best of punk and glam.
And did we mention they also hail from the always reliable artistic womb of Texas, USA?!.. Gimme an enthusiastic stereotypical backyard “Hell Yeah” why don’t ya. Having already covered Dallas boys The Last Outs and paying close attention to neighbouring upstarts Breaklights, this isn’t the first and certainly won’t be the last band piercing the traditional veil with a fresh and upbeat sound from the Lone Star State.
Having issued their debut House EP in 2010, the quintet followed up with a full length two years later in the form of Fight, giving an early indication of not only Sabrina’s robust singing talent, but the seamless gelling with Andrew’s voice as they lay together in addictive harmony, setting the tone for what would snowball into a truly unique gift come second offering Bone in 2013. As mentioned, Fight was much an introduction to A Giant Dog, fairly raw in production and experimenting with their garage, punk and rock influences. It resulted in a collection of distinguishable “genre-specific” tunes with the occasional oddly placed crossover and highlighted by the unmatchable Strokes-gone-pop number “Chatterteeth”, featuring a haunting but terrific falsetto and epitomising the dawn of their futuristic garage sound.
Having sewn their seeds alongside a growing loyal fanbase, it was the band’s live shows that were really turning heads as performances fuelled with high octane energy were led by the broad presence of front-woman Sabrina “strutting around stage like Iggy Pop channeling Tina Turner“, as their very own bio so perfectly describes. If you want a starting point on your AGD journey then we would definitely recommend the bassline-driven Bone as a benchmark, summing up their greatness with the likes of the garagey “Lady Slut”, poppy Ramones rocker “Can’t Complain” and even country-paced “Ghostcest” showing the ballad side of the band’s forte. Unlike its predecessor this LP has a sense of oneness, where the 5-piece’s influences come together perfectly, maintaining clear individuality between songs and never failing to compliment each other. Take for example “Virgin Girl”, which sounds like Rocket From The Crypt covering The Monkees, horns included, as if fed through the European classic rock vines of Golden Earring. And it fits so well. Then there is “Cleveland Steven”, exhibiting that familiar trend noticeable throughout many of the band’s tunes where you find yourself wondering where on earth you’ve heard it before. Try your darndest but you won’t figure it out, rather just bask in acceptance at how it compares to some of the catchiest rock n roll tunes this side of Elvis.
September sees an extensive tour of the US before the band head to Europe for a handful of shows in October. Check their website for all the dates.
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