You’ll hear bits of the band’s musical past on Dogs On Acid, but when these moments get juxtaposed alongside a brand-new sonic outlook is when things really start to pop — the true sign of individual influences and playing styles melding together to form something exciting.
“Part of the reason we wanted to start this band was because we’d all seen each other in other bands and knew how we played, the styles we all had,” says Dionne. “We wrote around knowing those styles. We write really well together because we’ve been watching each other play for so long and feed off of that.”
As such, the songs on Dogs On Acid at times feel effortless in the best way: “The Prick” stomps like Pinkerton-era Weezer; the playful hooks of “Flushed” make for an earworm surprise; and ‘90s indie-rock influences like Pixies, Built to Spill and Archers of Loaf shine through on songs such as “Make It Easy.”
But above all, Dogs On Acid is an album with a distinct personality, the result of the band rejecting desires to overthink things and play what feels right. That manifested itself in the studio, where the group tracked much of the album live with minimum overdubs to encapsulate what it’s like at a Dogs On Acid show: a loose, vibrant experience — much like the band itself — where listeners are free to let all preconceived notions and past baggage float away, and instead celebrate the here and now.