Let the weekend bear down fast, like a canine in pursuit of a tasty morsel, as today sees the release of Dog Chocolate’s debut album ‘Snack Fans’
and you’ll need a few days to digest it. Comprised of 14 bite-sized
songs, high in salt and sugar content, the LP comes in either a magenta
or black vinyl option, with an accompanying bunch of extras including a
glossy poster, lyric book, remix album and computer game. If that wasn’t
enough the whole album is also housed in a beautiful gatefold sleeve
designed by Florence Shaw.
Dog Chocolate chew up bits of
punk, post-punk, noise and pop to make their own inventive music.
Matthew and Robert’s guitars race around each other like wasps,
pitch-shifting and phasing all over the place while Jono’s
rolled-up-newspaper drums chase them round the room. Andrew’s
occasionally impressionistic keyboard flourishes add further colour to
the scene, whilst Andrew and Robert take it in turns to sing with the
others joining in occasionally. Lyrically the album deals with themes
domestic, emotional and metaphysical: purging your life of material
possessions, cosmically ordering a pet, memories evoked by the tactile
properties of objects, the impermanence of the body, confusion,
holidays, environmental concern and hay fever. There are moments of
flippancy and silliness, but also of investigation and introspection.
You can snag your copy of ‘Snack Fans’ through our webstore here. Whilst a launch party will take place next Thursday evening at Apiary studios which you can read more about below.
In other show-related news, we’re very happy to reveal another
concert we’ve been plotting for a while has finally come to bear fruit.
On Friday 3rd June we’ll be heading over to Hackney Wick’s Old Baths to
witness Karen Gwyer, Container and Giant Swan all performing, looks set to warp and distort all minds present, so get noting in those diaries.
Come and celebrate Dog Chocolate’s debut album coming out, with bands, comedy, food, projections, DJs...
RÓISÍN AND CHIARA
DJ EGGS LEGS
Thursday 24 March
Apiary Studios, 458 Hackney Road, London, E2 9EG
7:30pm – 2am | £2 on the door
sound like a crowded room but are actually four individuals from
London. Having played in many other bands including Yeborobo, Limn and
Gasp! Cracking Eggs, united they recognise Dog Chocolate as their one
true love. Abandoning notions of elegance, cred and professionalism they
embrace the ramshackle, instant and fun, capturing a vivid spontaneity
with their music. ‘Snack Fans’ is the band’s debut album, released on
March 18th by Upset The Rhythm. In just over 25 minutes the band
gleefully assemble a roller-skate of sound held together with sellotape
and blu-tac, just robust enough to reach it’s destination as it’s
chucked downhill. It’s an album packed with ideas and momentum, no need
to set the table, Dog Chocolate are in a rush. If ‘Snack Fans’ doesn't
satisfy your appetite then you’ll need to fix yourself a feast or
RÓISÍN AND CHIARA’s
routine is as funny as it is bizarre. Whether singing a hymn to Nick
Grimshaw, pretending to be breastfeeding babies or giving sage advice as
celtic mystics, Róisín and Chiara are consistently hilarious. They move
with such rampant pace from one segment to another that the audience
cannot help but get caught up in the proceedings: even if you’re not a
fan of absurdist comedy, you'll find it hard not to enjoy their
are playing the long game, one step at a time. Variously regarded as a
breath of fresh air and an awful business, PT use self-made instruments
to make lairy lullabies for the happy-sad, yes you.