The fourth album from Austin, Tx.’s A Giant Dog fuses the gaudy delivery of 1970s rock and the pillars of modern punk. Its songs offer lyrics about sex without typical depictions of love. A Giant Dog's modus operandi is well-established. Lines between punk, glam rock, and art-pop running like watercolors in a pre-K classroom. Toy is a more-than-worthy successor to last year’s excellent Pile opus, gnawing away at your affections with carefree abandon – an oversized canine you’ll be glad to see off the leash.
Like: Bleached, The Coathangers, White Reaper.
FCC on 2, 5, 6, 9, 13.
Play: 3, 6, 11, 12.
1. Get Away (2:31) Harmony and unusually pop-filled jam.
2. Fake Plastic Trees (3:01) Fast power chords, up-beat drums, saucy singing and free spirited lyrics.
3. Bendover (3:02) Brimming with silly, but fiery harmonizing with aggressive guitars.
4. Toy Gun (3:47) Pop Punk with aggressive guitars and an harmony sax.
5. Lucky Ponderosa (3:09) Up beat drums pop vocals fuzzy guitar.
6. Photograph (2:47) Relentlessly fun pop-punk riffs, with funny lyrics.
7. Roller Coaster (3:24) Repetitive guitar and the vintage sounding vocals filled with anger-ridden lyrics.
8. Angst in My Pants (3:42) Cover of Sparks' New Wave classic, rocking in mid-Seventies style.
9. Tongue Tied (2:27) Mid tempo Pop Punk fast bass lines and guitar riffs.
10. Hero for the Weekend (3:17) Indie punk jam with melodic vocals.
11. Making Movies (2:28) Happy indie pop that turns into pop punk.
12. Night Terror (2:33) Mid tempo aggressive guitars and punchy drums.
13. Survive (3:31) Left-field power-ballad that builds slowly around guitar circular riffs.