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by tvfordogs

Melodic post-grunge in the finest British power-trio tradition.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Universe Is Blue
4:16 $0.99
2. Natural Science Fiction
3:32 $0.99
3. Roller
4:17 $0.99
4. Everlasting Sun
5:39 $0.99
5. Always There
2:41 $0.99
6. Monolith
5:43 $0.99
7. 100x
3:13 $0.99
8. Drive
4:17 $0.99
9. Where Is Your God?
5:27 $0.99
10. Be Careful
3:42 $0.99
11. Time to Go
5:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
Post-grunge melodicism: call it the destiny of nineties rock. Riding the crest of the wave, tvfordogs follow their acclaimed 2003 debut, 'Heavy Denver,' with the beguiling new 'Roller.' Built on crunchy guitars, soaring vocals, and tightly honed songwriting, 'Roller' evokes the broad-based appeal of Coldplay and Foo Fighters, passing it through a new lens. Rooted in alternative, tvfordogs reach to the stylistic periphery for trips into shimmering roots rock ("Drive") and melodic pop ("Be Careful"), displaying an adventurousness increasingly uncommon in contemporary rock. Released by U.S.-based independent label Wampus Multimedia, 'Roller' is very hard to forget, a stirring entry in this year's modern-rock sweepstakes.

Built on the sturdy songs of singer-guitarist Neil Luckett, tvfordogs are anchored by bassist Mark Homer and drummer Paul Jarrett, who fuel this classic British power trio's salutes to touchstones from Radiohead and Queens of the Stone Age to Beck, Todd Rundgren, and the Beatles. Liberally quoting but not replicating their influences, the band melds and recasts them in the manner of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, refracting New Wave through a prism of the Buzzcocks, Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Jam, and XTC.

Built around a radio-ready mix of the title track by Nirvana producer Jack Endino, 'Roller' evolves from the punk-infused opener, "The Universe Is Blue," to the Kurt Cobain nod "Everlasting Sun," to the Chili Peppers pastiche "Always There," to the towering mea culpa "Monolith." It is the stunning, AAA-inflected "Drive," however, that delivers the payoff, bridging the gap between noise and melody, aggression and serenity, age and youth. In its poetic narrative, a couple travels aimlessly from town to town, searching for a new home, sleeping in their car, pondering the destiny they deserve and the one they will find. "I'm not even sure," Luckett sings, "if we should be forgiven. So we drive."

Produced by Luckett in London with assistance from engineers Oliver Goodall, Dave Fowler, and Tony Perretta, 'Roller' joins a Wampus Multimedia roster that includes new releases from Cafebar 401, Casey Abrams, Arms of Kismet, Johnny J Blair, and Alice Despard, as well as 'Hurry Home Early: the Songs of Warren Zevon,' to which Luckett contributed a version of Zevon's "Mutineer." Skilled interpreters of the work of other artists, tvfordogs also covered "How Do You Think It Feels" for 2003's 'After Hours: a Tribute to the Music of Lou Reed.'



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Leon Voskovec

If it's rock you're looking for, look no further. This CD has what you need. Check out the song DRIVE -- seriously, this is quality stuff here.
Highly recommended.

Laura T Lynch of

Diverse and dynamic !
tvfordogs' music is a blend of alternative, grunge, melodic, new wave and rock. tvfordogs carries on the tradition of British power trios with a modern creativity and flair. Their arrangements are tight with crunch guitars and power packed vocals. The first half of Roller is hard driving and the second part still rocks but with a bit more subtlety. 'The Universe is Blue' speeds along at a punk like pace infused with heavy rhythms and energized vocals. 'Roller', which was produced by Jack Endino who worked with Nirvana, is colorful blending various tempos and textures with layered vocal parts. 'Be Careful' takes a number of turns on the pop/rock road circling its way around to the catchy hook. tvfordogs' second release is impressive with eleven tracks that are diverse and dynamic!

Alex Gettinby

Roller Review....
I bought the first album "Heavy Denver" about 4 years ago, and within a few months it had become one of the most indispensable CDs in my 300 strong collection, along with Jeff Buckley's "Grace", Radiohead's "ok computer", My Vitriol's "Finelines" and REM's "Automatic for the people".

Although the new album picks up from where the last one ended, it sounds different. The first half of "Roller" is a blast of energy which speed past at a 100mph. The Eponymous track and "Universe is blue" are songs you are still huming along to, long after the CD has stopped spinning and the neighbours have quit banging on the walls, threatening to call the police because of the Decibals.

The second half of the CD sees "the dogs" lay back with their bowl of water for a succesion of mellower more radio-freindly (Drive) guitar pop songs (with the exception of "Where is your God" which is a good old fashion grunge Rock song to remind you that dogs dont sleep for long periods).

The last track "Time to go" isa fitting end to the CD, and sounds completely different to anything that theyve recorded before, and the piano makes a welcome return after a long absence.

Roller is very well produced by mR. lUCKETT, and is laden with infectious singalong rock anthems, that many of todays established bands would be proud to have on their Comeback Album.

Almost every review ive read of TV for Dogs compares them to other bands who have most probably influenced their now trademark sound, which is way too easy and a sign of a bad reviewer. but while most dogs sound the same from a distance, its not until you get up close to it that you realise, it looks different, runs at a different speed, and has got something different to say than all the other dogs. Well I have no scientific evidence of that, but basically its a metaphor, that Tv for dogs have something different to say, and stories to tell to the world than alot of the other bands around at the moment. Go buy it & then see them live and you'll know what i mean.

Oliver Goodall

What all rock should aspire to..
A proper album with proper songs of the sort you don't get very often. The trio have really outdone themselves this time with an album that rocks, soothes and inspires. Great sounding guitars and a lush yet punchy production that really allows the songs to bury themselves in your head and nest there for some time. A wonderful package and some great artwork to boot. Keep it up guys.

cloud nine and cloud seven

We love "Roller"!
Internet Music Radio, "Gone Fishing for Blue Skies", loves the world of tvfordogs.