TVD Premiere:
Dog Society,
“Losing Her Again”

After reuniting a few years ago, famed NYC quartet Dog Society seem to be chomping at the bit with an urgency to release new material. Lucky for us, since their reemergence in 2012, the band has consistently produced the best work of their career. Canine analogies aside, the band has the kind of seasoned musical chops that make current indie music sound like nursery rhymes.

Sure, they wear their influences on their sleeve; thick Beatle-esque golden tremolo complimented by Black Sabbath distortion. But didn’t that combination give rise to an entire genre of music in the 90’s? In fact Dog Society sounds a little like the love child of Gin Blossoms and Nirvana, possibly because they formed during same Grungy renaissance. But instead of disappearing in a blaze of smoke and glory like the majority of those pioneers, Dog Society disbanded to work out their personal lives, returning to the fold with a new-found sense of fellowship.

What comes across on In The Shade (their follow-up to last years’ Emerge) is a blatant display of grit and grace, announcing to the world that the band is back for good and has ultimately found their sweet spot. The track “Losing Her Again” will give you an idea of what to expect on this release; warm analog recordings, well executed and dynamic playing, deft vocal prowess by lead singer Brian Schnaak, and compelling hooks and melodies that capture the spirit of the band more than ever. The star here is the song and it is obvious that everyone involved is here to serve it.

In The Shade is a must have for your summer time playlist, and though I expect Dog Society’s well documented longevity to result in the dropping of other excellent musical gems, this release is a welcomed organic respite from the trenches of the over produced pop and indie rock that is crowding the air waves.

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