Anjali Nair (guitar/vocals), Billie Seeland (guitar/vocals), Chris Seeland (bass) and Garret Manyoky (drums) are Dog In A Man Suit. Apparently, the band met while playing together in various bands since they met at the Princeton School of Rock music program. There is unequivocally some talent that’s obvious when you hear their self-titled EP Dog In A Man Suit. Everyone can play their butts off and the songwriting is sharp and refined.
Their music is fairly straightforward. There are elements of garage rock/alternative and variants of those genres. They get going with “Shock Treatment” which was a highlight. The song has zero fat on it and comes out of the gate fast. I thought the vocals were well delivered and catchy and the drumming was out of control good at points.
“Fat Face” is next. The song had an overt ’90s alternative feel to it. It’s all of two minutes long and really didn’t need to be longer then that. “State of Mind (feat. Katie Drew)” was another solid effort. It’s more of a slow burn with more of ’70s classic rock feel in a lot of ways. It made me think of Heart. They resurrect the energy of The Pixies on “My Heart's in The Palm of Your Hand” while “Former Movie Hero” features both lead vocalists.
The most logical step for the band is to work with an engineer/producer in a studio. There is just no denying that this is a demo quality recording. As an engineer myself I promise them even a modest studio can vastly improve the fidelity and bring out the performances.
Overall, this was a solid first effort. I think a little more experimentation along the way might be a good thing to really narrow in a signature sound but the band has the chemistry in all the right places. Take a listen.
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