DOGDAD's debut album is called SWAN DIVE PITY PARTY and it's been released today. It aims to fuse Post-Punk, Post-Hardcore, and Emo music into a blend that ranges from harsh to approachable. The artist said about the release: "I poured a lot of my most extreme feelings into this record, and I hope that somewhere in between the errant hooks, and desperate screams it makes you feel something."

The album is comprised of 7 songs for 24 minutes of music. "Hands on a Hardbody" opens with tasty bass lines and a fast pace. The song is energetic and very direct, definitely a great choice as an opener. "Dewar's Good Time" features a very cool guitar refrain and vocals sometimes melodic, sometimes very energetic. "Know Me Better" is overall very catchy and more radio friendly, compared to the first two tracks. I like the riffs (go to minute 2.00 for a very cool part) and the vocal lines on this one.

"Hospice" was released as the first single and it's like a freight train, fast and punchy, same as "The Orchard", with frantic drumming (I love it!) and very cool guitar riffs. If I have to choose a track on this album, probably this would be my preference. Very different and almost pop (at least, during the verses) is "Ouroboros" while the final title track features a tasty and peculiar rhythm section. It's the longest track on the album and I find it very original and personal, with lots of different atmospheres and moods.

SWAN DIVE PITY PARTY  is a very interesting and original album, combining different styles and influences. I find it also very well performed and produced and with a lot of soul in it. Give it a go by clicking on the Spotify player below and remember to follow DOGDAD on social media.

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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