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Dog Day

Dog Day

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Based out of Halifax and featuring members of the Burdocks, Dog Day has a tight, loud and energetic vibe going on during the short but terribly sweet "Lydia" which sounds like a perfect melding of Placebo and the Velvet Underground. Singer Seth Smith has a great voice for these angular, urgent rock tunes, especially on "End of the World" that would fit just as well on an album by the Smiths as it would Forward Russia. And the album seems to get better with each song, with "Oh Dead Life" sparkling as if it was to be included on a tribute album to the Cure. This blueprint is revisited again on the crisply delivered "Sleeping, Waiting." Even when Dog Day slows things down with the lighter, dance-rock, synth-tinged ditty "Know Who You Are" it still easily shines. Another highlight is "Vow" which seems to hit another gear while being framed around the work of Nancy Urich and drummer Casey Spidle. Perhaps the biggest disappointment might be "Gayhorse" that doesn't quite live up to expectations. It's also the most experimental effort on the record. Thankfully, it's the exception to the rule as Dog Day return to form during the hook-filled title track. The album also doesn't simply mail in the closing tracks either, with "Great Pains" taking great pains to drive that point home.


In many ways a pop group's success hinges on their ability to write memorable songs. Dog Day's Night Group not only delivers in this sense, but also shows how simple tunes can convey meaning, beauty, and honesty. From the playful intro "Lydia", named after keyboardist Crystal Thili and drummer KC Spidle's fanatical cat, to the sorrowful "Bright Light", a song about fate and last chances, the album moves through a broad range of content and mood. All the while, singer Seth Smith and his girlfriend Nancy Urich never crack a smile or shed a tear, opting instead to maintain control by focusing on what's essential to this music - melody and harmony. In the tradition of great pop bands, Dog Day keeps it simple on Night Group. They are not a band who distracts by over-indulging or showing off. The beats pound straight through, the keyboard plays one well chosen note at a time, the guitars and bass follow suit. But unlike the countless bands toting incompetence as a selling point, Dog Day demonstrates mastery by playing tight and aggressive, taunting us at times with their understated abilities on tracks like Vow, which plays with timing, starts, stops, and meanders. This album consistently make the point that minimalism can be a compositional choice, not a foregone conclusion. Night Group has been in the making for more than a year. The original work took place in the band's home town of Halifax , Canada. An entire mix down was completed there, and then another at Tomlab's art compound in Germany. The result is pop gem. Night Group shares qualities of classics like The Smith's The Queen Is Dead, or more recently Sonic Youth's Rather Ripped, which despite their extensive productions, sound effortless and raw. It is always exciting when a great band comes out of nowhere. Dog Day's

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Artist Dog Day
Track Listing 1. Lydia 2. End Of The World 3. Oh Dead Life 4. Career Suicide 5. Know Who You Are 6. Vow 7. Gayhorse 8. Night Group 9. Sleeping, Waiting 10. Defeat 11. Great Pains 12. Bright Light

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