Music Reviews

A Giant Dog: Pile – Album review

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PILE
MERGE RECORDS
Third album from Texas rockers.
7/10

Houston band A Giant Dog release their third album, the first for Merge Records, and show a keener understanding of what they are trying to achieve; which in their case is to make a great sound mixing grunge, glam and punk. Sabrina Ellis’ vocals are a powerful tool and when backed with killer bass lines, pounding drums and razor sharp guitars it’s a potent mix of short, sharp attacks detailing the seedier side of life and the vicissitudes of youth. But there’s enough nuance in songs like Jizzney and Get With You And Get High that show the band are capable of more. In rock’s heyday if you threw a song like I’ll Come Crashing at the charts it would have been a smash. A record that should be pounding out of deadbeat parties this summer.

All words by Mark Ray. This review first appeared in Louder Than War magazine issue 5 July/August 2016

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