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Review: Dogheart, “What Burns the Best”

No Comments 8 March 2015

Review: Dogheart, “What Burns the Best”

“I really can’t say enough good things about Dogheart and their debut What Burns the Best. It’s a welcome addition to the northwest music scene and so smartly straddles the line between polished rock and underground garage pop. Think of it more as a spitshine, wonderfully rough around the edges but focused and taut at its core.”

Artist: Dogheart

Album: What Burns the Best

Genre: Garage Pop / Rock

RIYL: The Handsome Furs, Spoon, Ty Segall, Stephen Malkmus

Dogheart What Burns the Best

Oh my. Within the first few seconds that Dogheart came pulsating out of my speakers, I was hooked. This relatively young (new) band, formed in early 2014, has come roaring out of the gates with a garage-meets-pop style that already feels focused and full of infectious energy. Oregon natives Matt Jenkins (guitar/vocals), Cameron Hering (drums) and Gray Hildreth (bass) have released their debut album, What Burns the Best, pretty quickly following their formation and I feel confident saying this one will be going into heavy rotation on my personal playlist this spring.

“Night Jewels” kicks things off with a little drum and guitar action that sets the stage simply for whats to come. “Jawbone,” the lead single, is definitely a standout with its insanely catchy beat and guitar line and Jenkins’ perfectly struck vocals. This is how you create a single, and it’s the easy-on-the-ears, almost-polished-but-still-rough-enough kind of performance that has made bands like Spoon masters of their musical domain. “Pumpkin Face” continues to show off the depth and dimension of the band’s aesthetic, making perfect use of a devil-may-care lyricism and edgy but catchy sound.

Other standout tracks include the languid “Lose Me,” the undulating and beautifully complex “Underwater” and album closer “Bulk and Binder.” This is a shimmery track worthy of wrapping up a record that is sure to make an indelible impression on new listeners. It’s “Underwater,” a track that sits right on the edge of chaos that shows off that ability this band has mastered juxtaposing polish and grit. This is a meaty burner that just rips with life.

I really can’t say enough good things about Dogheart and their debut What Burns the Best. It’s a welcome addition to the northwest music scene and so smartly straddles the line between polished rock and underground garage pop. Think of it more as a spitshine, wonderfully rough around the edges but focused and taut at its core. What comes naturally to this trio takes many bands years to achieve; what an exciting debut from a band that clearly worked to find their sound and harness their collective influences and energy early. I, for one, can’t wait to hear more.


Dogheart website: http://dogheartband.com/

 

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