Pretty much everything that’s written about this band starts with how Dogs On Acid features former members of emo heroes Algernon Cadwallader, Snowing and Glocca Morra. That’s true.
This is almost always followed by the fact that Dogs On Acid doesn’t sound anything like those bands. That’s true as well.
Right around then the name Superchunk is bound to be dropped. And you know what? That comparison makes a helluva lot of sense when you listen to songs like “Keep In Touch” and “Sun Bleached”. You could mention Pinkerton-era Weezer as well while you’re at it.
But why stop there? Keep namedropping 90s bands you couldn’t get enough off back in the day… Archers Of Loaf, The Pixies, Dinosaur Jr, Built To Spill. There are traces of all of those bands strewn throughout the ten songs that make up Dogs On Acid’s self-titled debut.
These guys don’t simply rehash those bands though, they have a little fun with their influences instead. This album basically sounds like a bunch of dudes got together, drank some beers, probably smoked a joint, plugged in and ended up with ten badass songs that rock as hard as they are breezy. While I don’t condone experiments that involve dogs and acid, I most definitely approve of this album!