Well, today might be the beginning of a little decline for the next few weeks, as you’re likely going to be pressing play on this just as I’m bringing Nathan Jr. Jr. into the world. But, like him, you are blessed with these incredible tunes that graced our site last week, all of which will enable you to recover from your Labor Day doldrums. Hopefully this week brings you a great many things!
Second Home, the 2016 Dogbreth LP, still gets some good solid play around my place, so I’m always stoked when new songs creep out. Today, we’ve got two new tunes to share with you, with news that another LP should be on the way, perhaps before the end of the year. These are both easily consumable tunes, with this sound that has classic nostalgia and modern emo blurring the lines; I’m super into the warmth of the chorus in “How You Did That,” as it feels closely tethered to where my listening is at of late. Good jams deserve good shares, so here’s to hoping we get more sooner rather than later!
I loved the shit out of Second Home (2016), and I felt like Dogbreth generated some decent buzz, so I was surprised to not hear from them. But, like all things, Tristan had to move, so the band changed up until he found friends in Seattle, his new home. And, all of a sudden there’s a brand new LP of great pop rock tracks that you should turn up real loud right this instant. The opening tracks have some punch, but don’t worry about getting burnt out, as you’ll find a few slow jams like “Walk You Again” to sort of cleanse the palate. It’s like this glorious hodgepodge of power pop, pop punk, emo and indie rock, all rolled into this delicious package built for repeat rock listens. Ever Loving is a great LP, and I just now found out about it! Go grab it from the band now!
Cesar Ruiz spends a lot of time playing with both Dogbreth and Diners, both bands we enjoy, but he’s stepping out into the light on his own. The guitar work is really crisp, though also walking the current line between 80s nostalgia and dream pop. His vocals are definitely refreshing; there’s a real clarity that allows you to focus on his innate ability to provide playful pop sensations to his audience. If you’re looking for a relaxed ditty to push you out into the afternoon sun, then look no further. His album For Music Lovers will be available in June.
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You’ve all been waiting, anxiously. Waiting for our arbitrary list of the opinion of four folks who run this site, and what we think were the best albums of 2016. It’s really really important. We’re going to make our site great again with this list. We’re going to win, bigly. But really, it’s just a list of the stuff we loved the most that we covered throughout this year on our site. The comment section is open, so feel free to tell us where we’ve gone wrong or what we’ve got right or anything else fitting. Read more
On the first few singles from Dogbreth, the band have brandished a broad array of sounds, but mostly in the energy-fueled power-pop genre. This latest single, however, displays a variance, even a softer side. It’s a steadying tune, filled in by all these elements that give huge depth; there’s a saxophone included, tapping drum work and a pleasant vocal added to the main one in the mix. This tune might not hit you over the head with immediacy like others, but its got the emotional pull for longevity. Their new record, Second Home, will be released on August 5th via Asian Man Records.
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There’s something nostalgic in the songs that Dogbreth are creating, something that reminds me of days when I didn’t care about what was cool or what had too much hype…it was just something fun to enjoy. Ultimately, those are the sort of bands that paved the way for me to become such a music-a-holic; I admittedly forget that from time to time, so it’s great to have a reminder of just what a great song, or album, can do. The group will released Second Home on August 5th (Asian Man Records), and I expect to wholly enjoy every song on this record…I expect you might too.
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