The Sunday Dogs | HICKS ep

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by The Sunday Dogs

English pop songs where crafted arrangements envelop bitter-sweet melody.
Genre: Pop: British Pop
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Recorded with Colin Moulding (XTC) in his secret laboratory of classic pop hook goodness somewhere in Wiltshire, this sharp three-tracker from The Sunday Dogs is the first transmission of a band with a sweet future. It's an emotionally charged wistful and warm take on English pastoral rock, albeit with a bit of grunge fuzz in the guitars and a delicious psychedelic tint constantly colouring and shading inside and outside the sound-field. These dogboys sure know their way around harmonies too and they let them unfurl thick and fast throughout the choruses. This is crafty stuff, played with an ear for the sublime and hearts as big as bouncy castles. Looking for touchstones? To these ears it wouldn't be amiss to say there are elements in there of The High Llamas, Cardinal and the afore mentioned XTC, though only that last comparison gets close to the more rocking core of these songs, and really The Sunday Dogs aren't channeling anything but their own muse. This EP is a taster for their first album which is close to being in the bag and promises to be even more blissed out still. Get in on the ground floor!



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tim smith

the Sundogs
The sundogs are two sons of Swindon blessed with an unnerving amount of musical talent, writing skills and abilities. These three 'platters that matter' include treatise on the struggle for humanity in the world, mental anguish bought about by apparent genius and the desire for security without the horrors of total mind numbing conformity - the tunes are pretty fab gear too.

The perpetrators of this stuff; Lee & Jon know a good thing when they hear it and so do I. If you are passionate about well crafted, life affirming, non twee popular music of any age or genre I beseech ye to stop dithering about and order this CD straight away - I promise that no disappointment will take place. TheSundogs ear(s) for the melodic warble, the nifty chord change and parradidle never ceases to produce a warm feeling of exuberance and leave a cherubic smile on my eager little upturned face. It could happen to you too. The truth is these fellows actually write songs of substance rather than the empty worded, deep and meaningless tom-tit, weak kneed ninny-pop slop so regularly heaped with plaudits these days. They deserve yours and everyone else’s attention. Onward!