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Album Review: Dog is Dead – All Our Favourite Stories

 
By on Monday, 8th October 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

When you’re one of the top breed of ‘new summer bands’, playing the kind of sound perfect in June but not so much in December, It can prove complicated to release your album in the autumn. So when Dog is Dead announced that their debut record would be released in October, a few heads turned. And rightly so. With baited and slightly colder breath than anticipated, what does ‘All Our Favourite Stories’ have to offer?

For starters, it’s got ‘Get Low’. It’s got more funk in its saxophone and bass lines than you can shake your jazzy stick at and its build welcomes listeners into ‘All Our Favourite Stories’ in fine style. From here on in, it’s ambitious indie-pop from the Nottingham group as almost every track from the record stands on its own feet as a single. And half of them already have been exactly that: ‘Glockenspiel Song’, ‘Talk Through the Night’ and ‘Two Devils’ stand out instantly. The highlight of the record, however, is nestled neatly in at track three. ‘Teenage Daughter’ builds with the characteristics of an indie ballad and then breaks out into something that sounds like it’s taken influence from the biggest of Bowie tracks with added chorus harmonies and the closing vocal lines not too dissimilar to Los Campesinos! You start to wonder if Dog is Dead could be the real deal.

Sadly, whilst ‘All Our Favourite Stories’ will have festivals nationwide practically spawning grass in the cold to try accommodate the five-piece on their land, the summer is over and with it goes the kind of atmosphere that makes Dog is Dead’s dangerously overly shiny, heavy reverb and massive sounding re-recorded versions of 2010 and 2011 yearbook tracks a big deal. While listening to the likes of ‘Do The Right Thing’ and ‘Hands Down’ isn’t a tedious task, it’s made to seem more interesting when you’re dancing to them and singing out of tune; away from that, it just sounds average. That’s the problem with this album. So many times it borders on greatness but only a few times (‘Teenage Daughter’, ‘Two Devils’ and ‘Glockenspiel Song’) does it actually achieve it. Let’s not even talk about those last three tracks. So close, yet so far.

6.5/10

‘All Our Favourite Stories’, the debut album from Nottingham band Dog is Dead, is out now on Atlantic.

 

Live Gig Video: Dog is Dead perform ‘River Jordan’ at All Saints Church in Nottingham

 
By on Thursday, 27th September 2012 at 5:40 pm
 

Dog is Dead have yet another video to share with us. This time, it’s a version of ‘River Jordan’, a track of their debut album ‘All Our Favourite Stories’ out on the 8th of October on Atlantic, performed at All Saints Church in their hometown of Nottingham. Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5tENFxu1Tc[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment (and more!) #976: Dog is Dead

 
By on Thursday, 20th September 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

Dog is Dead‘s debut ‘All Our Favourite Stories’ will be out in October, and ahead of that, they’ve prepared something special. They’ve commissioned this little animated film to go with album track ‘Get Low’. Watch the video below or, if you fancy it, you can listen to the stream of the song by itself below as well.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETEhKGjZZu0[/youtube]

 

Bands to Watch #254: Dog is Dead

 
By on Thursday, 6th September 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

They’re hardly new on our radar, but with their debut album coming out on October 8th, it seems high time to do a round-up of Dog is Dead‘s story so far.

The Nottingham five-piece have been winding up to this debut album release for over 2 years now. Having been a fully functioning touring  band for far more than that so for them it surely comes as no surprise that their immense touring schedule of late is finally reaping its rewards. Having enjoyed them at Festifeel, Evolution, Camden Crawl and interviewed them all the way back in October 2010, Dog is Dead have become a TGTF favourite. Their mix of Vampire Weekend-style afrobeat influence, up to five part harmonies and the kind of rich summer sound that can even challenge our friends in Two Door Cinema Club, ‘All Our Favourite Stories’ could see them reach those dizzying heights by the end of the year.

What’s just as exciting about them though is their darker side. Listening to tracks like ‘Teenage Daughter’ really shows how their imaginations can take them down some incredible narratives: “I knew this one young girl who’d tell the trees and the grass / To read us all their favourite stories till we’d kiss and we’d laugh. / And we’d write to the Devil, tell him he’s a bad influence / ‘Cos it’s not worth playing God when you’re the story in the making.” ‘Two Devils’ expands Dog is Dead’s uplifting sound and has, at times, sinister mystery in wording.

Then you add the likes of Skins and Bombay Bicycle Club approved “we are a mess, we are failures and we love it” of recently re-recorded ‘Glockenspiel Song’. The title ‘All Our Favourite Stories’ seems to feel more and more appropriate the more we listen.

Catch them on tour in October and November and you can pre-order their debut album now.

 

Video of the Moment #944: Dog is Dead

 
By on Wednesday, 29th August 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

Dog is Dead‘s next single will be ‘Talk Through the Night’, to be released on the 1st of October on Atlantic Records. It will be released exactly 1 week before the band’s debut album, ‘All Our Favourite Stories’, hits record shops. Watch the mini-film for the single below. I’m sure it’ll raise at least a giggle or two. (Ha!)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZTLJP74bLg[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Dog is Dead perform ‘Teenage Daughter’ in their studio

 
By on Monday, 20th August 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Dog is Dead‘s new album ‘All Our Favourite Stories’ will be out on the 8th of October. This song, ‘Teenage Daughter’, will feature on it. Watch this studio session below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=087zp7f1hBw[/youtube]

 
 
 

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