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Sunday, March 20 • 1:00am - 2:00am
The Golden Dogs

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On the surface of their current record (about which Grassia and Azzolini say is their best work), one can easily hear the classic ‘Golden Dog’ sound and feel the familiar frantic bop and bounce that has always been their calling card. Yet ‘Coat of Arms’ in the context of their oeuvre, and in the context of the bands’ favorite contemporaries work, has a depth and cunning that places Azzolini in league with the world’s best pop writers. The most obvious and wonderful difference this time around is that Ms. Grassia takes a giant leap forward and can be heard taking the lead on almost half the album with a range spanning from sweet & psychedelic (UNDERWATER GOLDMINE) to seductive (AS LONG AS YOU LIKE) to furious pop madness on songs like WHEN THE MOVIE’S OVER, and CHEAP UMBRELLAS. Her vocal performances while drumming (AS LONG AS YOU LIKE and LESTER) is quickly becoming a Golden Dogs secret weapon and quite an impressive element to their live shows. On record, Azzolini stands in fine, impressive form as usual. The listener imagines him as a larger than life mad hatter in BURST or a wild-eyed, possessed preacher man unleashed in the opening track DEAR FRANCIS, that fades out while Azzolini whips the band into a feverish frenzy. The album holds surprises for those willing to stay with the long play. The beautiful, bizarre mystery of OLD HAT, which ends in a mad, shrieking Neil Young-esque solo with Azzolini’s classic, heavy stamp on it. Or, PERMANENT RECORD, which infects you with its unexpected twists and turns, and herky-jerky stops and starts. This prog-pop-meets-Pixies screamer displays the band’s muscle and dexterity. ‘Coat of Arms’ brilliantly displays the musical union the band has fostered while seeming more confident and commanding than ever before. 'COAT OF ARMS' is currently available on Nevado Records (Bahamas, Leif Vollebekk, Yukon Blonde, Meligrove Band, The Paint Movement) on cd & vinyl. This will be the first time The Golden Dogs will have a 12-inch vinyl release - a very welcome, and long overdue event for this group. Feeling up-beat and optimistic about the new direction, Azzolini boasts that “the versatility of this new line up opens up a whole new world of possibilities for Golden Dogs live shows and the future of our recordings…there are so many directions we can go…and we’re going to try all of them.”
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The Golden Dogs

On the surface of their current record (about which Grassia and Azzolini say is their best work), one can easily hear the classic ‘Golden Dog’ sound and feel the familiar frantic bop and bounce that has always been their calling card. Yet ‘Coat of Arms’ in the context of their... Read More →



Sunday March 20, 2011 1:00am - 2:00am
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