A GIANT DOG (USA)
SABATO 26 NOVEMBRE 2016
doors ore 21:59 – ticket 10 euro
ARRIVANO PER LA PRIMA VOLTA IN ITALIA A GIANT DOG, LA BAND DI AUSTIN, TX, CAPITANATA DA SABRINA ELLIS. ACCLAMATI DA TUTTA LA STAMPA A STELLE E STRISCE CON PITCHFORK CHE HA INSERITO IL SINGOLO “SEX & DRUGS” TRA I MIGLIORI 17 BRANI PER L’ESTATE, OLTRE A RECENSIRE IL DISCO CON UN 8.2.
Arrivati quasi da sconosciuti su Merge Records dopo due album pubblicati da etichette minori, A Giant Dog sono una delle più belle sorprese di quest’anno. Power-pop, garage, punk e glam in una mescola devastante. Prodotto come il precedente Bone da Mike McCarthy, Pile ha tutti gli elementi al posto giusto: sezione ritmica precisa, chitarre taglienti e noise quanto basta, melodie vocali micidiali e tanto entusiasmo. Proprio per questo che Merge, sempre alla ricerca di talenti nei bassifondi di internet, ha puntato su di loro: «siamo solo persone di merda che non meritano di firmare per Merge», ha dichiarato senza giri di parole la cantante Sabrina Ellis, «ma ora che ci siamo, balliamo».
A GIANT DOG blog:
Forging their friendships in the crucible of their Houston, TX, high school, Sabrina Ellis (vocals), Andrew Cashen (vocals, guitar), and Orville Neeley (drums) first got their start covering AC/DC, The Ramones, Joan Jett, and the finer points of the Back to the Future soundtrack at school dances under the band name Youth In Asia. Reuniting in Austin in 2008, they enlisted their pals Andy Bauer (guitar) and Graham Low (bass) and christened the act A Giant Dog.
AGD is raucous ear candy culled from the hook-driven melodies of Slade, the glammy swagger of Marc Bolan, the morbid fantasy of Killer-era Alice Cooper, and the unpredictable wit of Sparks. Sabrina and Andrew’s lyrics, equal parts brutally honest, clever, and debased, have a knack for taking their idiosyncratic depravities and making them feel universal. These songs are by, for, and about the losers, freaks, and outcasts. The lonely. The terminally horny. Boozehounds and party animals. No band better speaks to the hearts of slackers, burnouts, rockers, sluts, and creeps everywhere than A Giant Dog.
In 2012, AGD impressed fellow Austinite and Spoon frontman Britt Daniel enough that he took them under his wing to start demolishing concert halls across the USA as the support act for his band. In Daniel’s own words, “Andrew and Sabrina are currently writing circles around just about anyone else in rock and roll. Their live show is insane, which is probably why I’ve seen more of their shows than any other band’s over the past few years.”
Pile, AGD’s third LP and first for Merge Records, shows a band whose years of road-dogging have honed them into unstoppable rock machines. Their second time working with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, White Denim, Trail of Dead) reveals Sabrina’s impressive pipes, Andrew’s sweet licks, and a pummeling rhythm section—everything is tighter, more focused, crisper. The album deals with divorce, getting older, dying, frustration, and futility, ultimately transcending those earthly headaches through the power of rock ’n’ roll.