A GIANT DOG – ” Toy “

Posted: December 28, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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A Giant Dog is raucous ear candy culled from the hook-driven melodies of Slade, the glammy swagger of Marc Bolan, the morbidfantasy 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. When I first listened to Toy, I was sad it didn’t sound aggressive like Pile. A few listens later and I was singing along with it. It’s quieter than Pile, but it’s another great album by A Giant Dog

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 have built their reputation blowing the goddamned doors off every venue in Austin. Live, they are loud, heavy, electrifying. Sabrina struts around the stage like Iggy Pop channeling Tina Turner. Andrew hurls himself from the summit of the speaker stack. Graham’s headbanging clobbers anything close to him. The audience rages, asses shake, and everyone leaves drenched in beer and bodily fluids.

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released August 25th, 2017

Band Members:
Sabrina Ellis: Lead Vocals
Andrew Cashen: Vocals and Guitar
Andy Bauer: Guitar
Graham Low: Bass
Daniel Blanchard: Drums and Percussion

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