Album : Vol. 4 - Dog Party

Words : Dan Murroni

Sacramento siblings Gwen and Lucy Giles of Dog Party appear to place all of the much needed fun back in making music, and with their latest release there’s no stopping their creative and youthful energy. Dog Party’s fourth album since 2009, the appropriately named Vol. 4 is stuffed to the brim with super catchy pop-punk, proving that the two of them combine rock more than most well-staffed bands. As much as it seems heretical, add Dog Party to the small list of groups that confirm a bassist isn’t a necessity to any rock ‘n’ roll ensemble.

Recorded at a hometown studio with engineer Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, Wild Flag), Vol. 4 is as hefty as it is enjoyable with a healthy thirteen tracks. And they’re refreshingly varied, including the satirically sappy “Dead Guy”, traditionally punk “Operation #2”, and the instrumental mayhem of “G Diddly”. Also among them is the cover of Ty Segall’s “Girlfriend”, which I was so impressed by during their performance at last year’s Burger a-Go-Go in Santa Ana. Vol. 4 may very well be Dog Party’s most successful album yet, managing to surpass 2013’s already excellent Lost Control.

Available on all popular formats through Asian Man Records, be sure to catch the limited, wonderfully blue vinyl LP before it goes out of print. The Dog Party girls are also embarking on a summer tour throughout the West Coast, the dates of which shows have been announced can be found here.

Photos: Shannon and the Clams at The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California (6/20/15)

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