Blank Dogs Under and Under
- Words: Shawn Reynaldo
- Label: In the Red
- XLR8R Rating: 8/10
While the man behind Blank Dogs may be a mystery, it’s no secret that the Brooklynite has a serious knack for crafting post-punky songs and dipping them in layer after layer of delicious distortion. After a seemingly endless stream of limited-edition cassette and vinyl releases, Under and Under is the first proper Blank Dogs album. Yes, he’s friends with the Vivian Girls (who lend some backup vocals to the record), but Blank Dogs owes a much greater debt to ’80s post-punk and new wave than ’60s girl groups. Early Cure is an obvious reference, but the spooky keys and bassy vocals of tracks like “No Compass” and “Setting Fire to Your House” are more like a lo-fi Psychedelic Furs.
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