Merge to release new album
from A Giant Dog on 6th May
Austin’s A Giant Dog will be releasing their first album on Merge records. Pile will be released on the 6th May.
Yesterday they premiered their sparkly new video for “Sex & Drugs,” on Stereogum.
Watch and share the video for “Sex & Drugs”
In their premiere, Stereogum wrote, “The song is dense mix of springy guitar strums, bright vaudeville-esque piano, and shimmer galore balanced by rumbling drums and bass. Director John Valley’s video is pure energy, featuring the band silver-faced in all-white everything performing the track in repetitive, jerky motions.”
A Giant Dog have announced their SXSW schedule and album release show . Pre-order Pile now on CD and LP in the Merge store, and digitally at iTunes with “Sex & Drugs” as an immediate download. The first 150 pre-orders of the LP will include a free slipmat designed by the band.
A Giant Dog on tour:
Mar 16 Austin, TX – KUTX morning broadcast @ Four Seasons
Mar 17 Austin, TX – Team Clermont Showcase @ The Tap Room
Mar 19 Austin, TX – Do512 Party @ Barracuda
Mar 20 Austin, TX – Chili Dog Fest @ Side Bar
May 5 Austin, TX – Album Release show @ The Barracuda
Jun 11 New Braunfels, TX – Dia De Los Toadies
Pile shows a band whose years of road-dogging have honed them into unstoppable rock machines. Their second time working with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, White Denim, Trail of Dead) reveals Sabrina Ellis’ impressive pipes, Andrew Cashen’s sweet licks, and a pummeling rhythm section – everything is tighter, more focused, crisper. The album deals with divorce, getting older, dying, frustration, and futility, ultimately transcending those earthly headaches through the power of rock ’n’ roll.
AGD is raucous ear candy culled from the hook-driven melodies of Slade, the glammy swagger of Marc Bolan, the morbid fantasy of Killer-era Alice Cooper, and the unpredictable wit of Sparks. Sabrina and Andrew’s lyrics, equal parts brutally honest, clever, and debased, have a knack for taking their idiosyncratic depravities and making them feel universal. These songs are by, for, and about the losers, freaks, and outcasts. The lonely. The terminally horny. Boozehounds and party animals. No band better speaks to the hearts of slackers, burnouts, rockers, sluts, and creeps everywhere than A Giant Dog.