Dog Society: In The Shade Album Review

by thethreepennyguignol

If you’re not getting better, then you’re getting worse. The music industry has no mercy for disappointing follow-up albums, and no amount of replaying your early hits will erase a dodgy new album. Speaking of, we’ve been thrown a bone (heh) in the form of  Dog Society.  The New-York based rock foursome have finally gotten round to releasing their third album, In The Shade, after their acclaimed debut and sophomore efforts. Carving out a niche for themselves in the heavier side of the rock-pop scene, they’ve developed a solid following and their new album promises special things- the band, who’ve been friends for years, have finally matched their penchant for rocky, air-guitar-inducing riffs with sharp lyrical stylings to create their best album yet.

If you think that I’ve got to say that because of that opening sentence, you’re wrong- with so much to live up to, this album has a lot of weight and history on it’s shoulders, and it lives up to every ounce of hype. After a couple of radio-friendly opening tracks, the album hits it’s stride with style in Emerge, a lusciously constructed and impenetrably tight number that matches dissonant guitar with slippery bass in a song that has no right to work but does. In fact, that’s how I’d describe a lot of the album-it doesn’t feel like it should come off, but somehow it does. Is it down to the languid-cool attitude, the textured guitar, the way the album hangs together as a whole? Screwed if I know, but I like it.

After a bunch of heavier tracks, the album takes a gratefully-received soft turn with the fantastic The Killer You Can’t See- the soundtrack of an indie movie that hasn’t been made yet, it’s the kind of barbed love song-think so-cal rock with porcupine spines- that’s the backbone of all good summers. There’s a comforting sense of rock to the album-classic rock, chunky rock that’s based around guitar and charisma and big choruses. It’s recognizable without being unoriginal-you only have to get your teeth into Everything She Do to understand that. A blissed-out guitar solo, with classic rock overtones and vocals that crack with emotion on the big notes-rock never died, Dog Society just ran off with it for while.

Dog Society’s third album In The Shade will be released on 22nd July 2014.