A Giant Dog

Fight (Tic Tac Totally)

Texas Platters

A Giant Dog

Fight (Tic Tac Totally)

A Giant Dog's full-length debut is informed by what came before, but not in thrall of it. While spiritual hints of early-Eighties American underground abound, the Austin quintet's cut-and-paste artistry is here and now. The raucous, low-rent squall quakes with affirmative abandon, while a just-right dose of pop girds the buzz and yowl. As such, these 15 songs on vinyl resonate well beyond the group's chosen genre lines. "QYJARA," which stands for "Quit Your Job And Run Away," makes for an appealing enough bumper sticker, but A Giant Dog turns the sentiment into a bona fide pocket epic. "Saturday" epitomizes being all buzzed up with nowhere to go, and "Too Metal" detours into ghoul rock before collapsing in a psychotronic breakdown. Throughout it all, frontwoman Sabrina Ellis is the fulcrum, diving and soaring vocally from belts to shrieks and back again. If this doesn't kick you in the pants, you're probably not wearing any.

***.5

READ MORE
More A Giant Dog
Texas Platters
A Giant Dog
Toy (Record Review)

Tim Stegall, Aug. 25, 2017

Glimmer Twins
Glimmer Twins
Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen instigate A Giant Dog Pile

Tim Stegall, May 6, 2016

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Milligan Vaughan Project
Milligan Vaughan Project (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Sept. 1, 2017

Texas Platters
Jean Caffeine
Sadie Saturday Nite (Record Review)

Greg Beets, Sept. 1, 2017

More by Greg Beets
Summer Jams Clearance Sale, Part 2
Matt the Electrician
The Doubles (Record Review)

Aug. 18, 2017

Summer Jams Clearance Sale, Part 2
George Kinney & the Golden Dawn
Rebel Heart (Record Review)

Aug. 18, 2017

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

A Giant Dog

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)