London Dates this Month
Debut album, Snack Fans out now 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’
Following the release of their debut album, Snack Fans, London’s DOG CHOCOLATE have shared a pick n’ mix of online delights, including ‘Snack Fans: The Game‘, an 8-bit silly snacking video game custom built for the band by Computergame Concerns. Play it here.
The band have also unveiled two new videos for album tracks ‘Plastic Canoe‘ and ‘Wish For A Cat‘. Both videos capture the band’s spontaneity and uniquely abstract ideas, with ‘Plastic Canoe‘ inspired by “the shape of a canoe, the shape of bodies, how nice the word “canoe” is, hard plastic against soft skin and their different decay rates, death, oceanic trash islands“. The band also add that ‘Wish For A Cat’ is “a real life tale of making a wish for a cat friend and then the wish coming true. It’s sort of a theme tune for a TV show in our brains. For the video, our friend Billy re-imagined the unexpected guest as a bit of an nightmare loony that you kinda love and kinda hate.” Watch them below..
Dog Chocolate – Plastic Canoe:
Dog Chocolate – Wish For A Cat:
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 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.
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.