The fourth full length record from A Giant Dog entitled Toy. A solid mix of indie-rock and percussion pop that combines nicely with joint male and female lead vocals. The band continuously refuses to lose any of its charm and spontaneity that has kept the fire burning oh so bright. Available on vinyl LP and CD.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 23 August 2017
I really like it when bands start their albums with honest-to-god theme tunes for themselves, which is what the punchy “Get Away” sounds like -- it’s the kinda vocal-trading pop-punk I envision for a group of animated rock buddies. If you haven’t noticed that they’re carton characters, please note their band name is A Giant Dog. On ‘Toy’, they make barebones songs with elements of pantomime and a whole bunch of Bob’s Burgers-level silliness.
Howling silliness like it’s high drama, they make a record of extremely good fun, mixing their occasional shredding on “Lucky Ponderosa” with an almost symphonic march, announcing loudly that they’re movin’ to California after hints of strings and arpeggiated chords of impending doom. Nimble basslines and calamitous guitars join over lyrics of ugly love on “Photograph”, which gleefully details two idiots enamoured with eachother in spite of and because of everything. It’s the kinda sweetness that could only really be sweet with a corny solo and a bunch of distorted dirge around it.
Sing along to it live, would be my advice, or maybe yell all of their lyrics in your car like you’re a teen again with a new set of favourite anthems. This band make pop-punk feel just as silly as it deserves to while also keeping up that totally true facade that it’s very important and real.
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