Posts Tagged ‘All Dogs’

There’s a lot of heart in every project Maryn Jones touches. Her lyrics – which project struggles with self-doubt and depression, and a penchant for self-reliance, graceful and introspective. And her voice is powerfully expressive, whether combined with the muscular, fuzzy guitars of All Dogs – the indie punk band she fronts — or providing delicate harmonies for Saintseneca, the folk-rock group of which she’s a member. But often with those projects, the uniquely tender, vulnerable aspects of Jones‘ singing and songwriting run the risk of being buried, or, at the very least, not getting their chance to be heard.

Jones released an album called The Offer under the name Yowler in 2015, those facets were finally given space to be a centerpiece. The songs on The Offer are sparse, relying mainly on just Jones‘ voice and guitar. They’re deeply intimate and enveloping, both emotional and physical.

Maryn’s unique voice suits these songs perfectly. Here, I can’t get enough

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All Dogs released their debut full-length, “Kicking Every Day,” in August of 2015. It was produced by Kyle Gilbride, who is known for his work with their spiritual peers, Waxahatchee and Girlpool. The record is a loose amalgam of hazy pop punk singalongs and late 90’s emo jams led by Maryn Jones‘ sweet, patient vocal lines.

When she’s not gigging with Saintseneca or performing solo as Yowler, Jones is responsible for All Dogs‘ calling card: pointed, biting, and intimate lyricism. She’s a poignant wordsmith who’s especially clever with revealing personal dialogue. “Kicking Every Day” separates itself from its peers with poignant insights about depression and anxiety.


Jones pens all the words and plays guitar but songwriting responsibilities are shared among the quartet. There’s an obvious connection between the group, who glow with warmth and welcome. They share glances on stage and connect with fans through collective group chants. All Dogs are not exclusively self-deprecating; they exude the perfect balance of personal critique in their jangly pop. “Kicking Every Day” is seen through the lens of a narrator who understands her flaws but isn’t afraid to point out those in others, making it applicable to just about everyone.

Watch the band perform cuts from the debut on Audiotree Live.
Band Members
Maryn Jones – Guitar and Vocals
Nick Harris – Guitar
Amanda Bartley – Bass
Jesse Wither – Drums

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Columbus, Ohio songstress Maryn Jones had a prolific 2015. She once more lent her Teflon harmonies and multi-instrumentation to an ornate Saintseneca album, as well as stripped herself down to an emotional and musical minimum on her haunting solo effort The Offer, released under Jones’ Yowler moniker.

All Dogs exists somewhere in between. More direct than Saintseneca’s folk communalism and built on a scrappy four-member rock scaffolding, last August’s Kicking Every Day remains inimitably addictive. A cathartic jet stream of emotion engulfed in ‘90s DIY distortion, All Dogs carries the baton of early Liz Phair and Belly with less sheen and more spit. This show should be worth checking out alone to hear Jones’ voice ascend to oxygen-deprived heights on standout track “How Long.”

All Dogs perform “How Long” on Audiotree Live, November 17th, 2015.

 

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All Dogs is, per their press release, a “loud rock band that plays pop songs”. The DIY punk-influenced quartet from Columbus, Ohio released a four-song EP in 2013 and a standalone single called “Georgia” last December. Their debut album “Kicking Every Day” will be out this Friday via the Detroit-based Salinas Records. That label is the home of Swearin (Allison Crutchfield) and P.S. Eliot (Katie and Allison Crutchfield), but not Waxahatchee (Katie Crutchfield). Katie has climbed the indie rock ladder and is now on one of the biggest indies, Merge Records. Although we’re not here to talk about the magnificent Crutchfield twins, it’s easy to bring their names up in a conversation about All Dogs. They share some common RIYL tags, and to some extent, they sound like each other. I know that All Dogs has played at least a couple of shows with Waxahatchee, but I don’t know about their touring history with Swearin’.

All Dogs Kicking Every Day

I had never heard of All Dogs . “Fuzzed out guitars, unfussy production values…and “Loud guitar, unpolished but affecting vocals… (I)mpressive and intoxicating”, and references to 1990s college radio playlists. It only took a few seconds for me to know that this is right up my alley. From the aforementioned fuzzy guitars, to some tricks in the stereo field, to singer Maryn Jones’ voice that’s somewhat reminiscent of that dog frontwoman Anna Waronker. There’s an occasional hint of growl or vocal fry, but for the most part, Jones comes out cleaner than some similar sounding singers like Alicia Bognanno from Bully or Lyn Heinemann from the band Drawn Ship.

It only took a few seconds to decide that I really really like this.

“That Kind of Girl” by All Dogs

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This is the year of Maryn Jones, or at least a higher profile. The Columbus,Ohio musician shared a gorgeously haunting solo album as “Yowler”, her emotionally charged rock band All Dogs are about to release their magnificent debut LP, and the world is just learning of a new record this fall from Saint Seneca. The DIY folk ensemble has always been Zac Little’s baby, but on the pleasantly rumbling “Sleeper Hold,” he wisely puts Jones’ sweet songbird chirps on equal footing with his quavering Appalachian howls. Jones’ songwriting tends to communicate deep feelings in powerful turns of phrase, but Little is more concerned with abstract questions like “What is a dream made of? What is the thingy-ness of thought? Where does the substance of perception converge with the perceived?” “Sleeper Hold” peels open those ideas and finds beauty inside