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UK Live Dates in March/April
Debut album, Snack Fans out 18th March via Upset The Rhythm
“a hyper-literate thrash around the bedroom — 14 songs in 26 minutes of catchy, shouty, uncomfortable-in-your-skin fun” – Brooklyn Vegan
“scabrous, surreal wit is the order of the day, but beneath this the band manage to nail down some almighty hooks and some oddly emotive, ultimately endearing lyricism.” – Clash
“rather than pretend to affect manliness on their debut Snack Fans, they choose instead to flail their arms madly and yell at each other. Which is only good for us, as the 25-minute food fight that follows is a total blast.” – Drowned In Sound
“Indiscernible fuzz rings on the one side, sometimes heaving into tumultuous riffs, while on the other, the resonant clang of a trebly guitar penetrates through with the [actually pretty pleasant] melody.” – Impose,on ‘Every Day Is The End of the Day For Someone’
Ahead of the release of debut album Snack Fans on Friday (18th March), London’s Dog Chocolate have shared new cut – the mystified, raucous ‘I Don’t Know‘. Guitarist Robert Bidder explains, “The lyrics are a run-through of various questions other people ask you, questions on forms which you have to fill out, and questions you ask yourself all of which you don’t want to, or don’t have the knowledge to answer. This can be frustrating, but ultimately, in a world where everyone seems to think they know the answers, the song embraces not-knowing as a general philosophy for living.”
Dog Chocolate sound like a crowded room but are actually four individuals from London. Having played in many other bands including Yeborobo, Limn and Gasp! Cracking Eggs, united they recognise Dog Chocolate as their one true love. Abandoning notions of elegance, cred and professionalism they embrace the ramshackle, instant and fun, capturing a vivid spontaneity with their music. Snack Fans is the band’s debut album, following on from 2014’s release Or, a split LP with gastronomic kin Ravioli Me Away(also released by Upset The Rhythm).
Snack Fans is comprised of 14 bite-sized nuggets high in salt and sugar content. The sound is a shabby, fast, over-excited ball of wet fur falling down the stairs, knocking over plant pots along the way and staining the carpet. With an average song time of 2 minutes, Dog Chocolate are on to the next treat before fully digesting the last. Chewing up bits ofpunk, post-punk, noise and pop, Matthew and Robert’s guitars race around each other like wasps, pitch-shifting and phasing all over the place while Jono’s rolled-up-newspaper drums chase them round the room. Andrew’s occasional impressionistic keyboard flourishes add further colour to the scene, whilst Andrew and Robert take it in turns to sing with the others joining in occasionally.
Lyrically the album deals with themes domestic, emotional and metaphysical: purging your life of material possessions, cosmically ordering a pet, memories evoked by the tactile properties of objects, the impermanence of the body, confusion, holidays, environmental concern and hay fever. There are moments of flippancy and silliness, but also of investigation and introspection.
On ‘Be a Bloody River’, Robert strings together a list of failures and pointless endeavours“I’m trying to coax a sparrow into a cardboard box …. I’m stroking the mane of a concrete horse …. I’m managing a spill with a blood-stained jay cloth….” getting increasingly frustrated. Andrew tries to calm him, urging him to let his troubles wash over him “be a river, be a bloody river”, Rob responds in mock desperation “I’m trying to be a river, I’m trying!”.
In just over 25 minutes the band gleefully assemble a roller-skate of sound held together with sellotape and blu-tac, just robust enough to reach it’s destination as it’s chucked downhill. It’s an album packed with ideas and momentum, no need to set the table, Dog Chocolate are in a rush. If ‘Snack Fans’ doesn’t satisfy your appetite then you’ll need to fix yourself a feast or something.
Saturday 26th March – Wharf Chambers, Leeds
Sunday 27th March – Stereo, Glasgow
Saturday 9th April – London, UK @ Vinyl w/ Charismatic Megafauna
Sunday 10th April – London, UK @ Cafe OTO w/ Normil Hawaiians, Bamboo and The Wharves
2. Plastic Canoe
3. Con Air
4. Everyday’s the End of the World for Someone
5. Wish for a Cat
6. I Don’t Know
8. Wet Bandana
9. Be a Bloody River
11. Some Kinda Summer
12. Bent Wire Situation
13. Building Dens
14. Jono Filling Bin Bags
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