Never mind the bollocks… it’s Dog Chocolate. And if you’re into Lahndahn punk what is abrasively facetious and that, it’s also very much the dog’s. Following on from 2014’s Snack Fans, the trio pack a surprising amount of nonsense into fewer than 25 minutes for their latest opus, Moody Balloon Baby. True to the punker roots though, there’s social commentary leaking out through the cacophony.
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What a fun little record. What can only be described as a group of funny (in the comical sense) blokes shouting to some punky noisy music. The tracks don't last too long, but what you do hear is a weird and wonderful collection of occasionally immature humour paired with a passion for social justice. Seriously, they shout about English nationalism and post-colonialism all the way through to environmentalism and animal rights.
Track six is a particular favourite of mine. Good luck working out what it's about though.
Moody Balloon Baby is, essentially, another pseudo-protest record from Dog Chocolate, but it's quite hard to work out what they're actually protesting. Is it perhaps ideological differences with our centre-right Conservative-led confidence and supply government with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland? Or maybe an outright rejection of our Monarchist Head of State and our ever-growing reconnection to our imperialist roots? Or is it just that they like shouting about stuff that annoys them?
I love this record. It's loud, it's daft and it doesn't really make sense. I've never quite heard a band give less of s*** about what other people think about their records. I honestly don't think they give a monkeys, but they're definitely passionate about something, and I respect that.
*Do not listen to this is you're a member of the 'Rights For Dinosaurs' campaign group.
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