Tsun Dog is a band from Boise, Idaho that recently released Battle for the Sun. The EP is only three songs long but the tunes are girthy with the last one being over the seven-minute mark. Battle for the Sun is a short but impactful EP. First off the recording quality and production is fantastic. Props to the studio they went to called Osmosis Recording Studio.
On their website the band says they have a new twist on the new rock genre on their website. As much as I like the band I don’t think you should ever declare you are ever so slightly reinventing the wheel of a genre. People's expectations get raised through the roof and it is also a quite common cliche declaration that I see way too often.
Furthermore I think defining themselves as a rock band might be restricting. Under the umbrella of rock I heard aspects of Americana and classic rock but there were also aspects of folk, country and more that shouldn't go unnoticed.
Up first is “Yellow Feathers” which is a multi-layered song that reminded me of an end of the night bar room sing along. It has a celebratory feel and there is undeniably a similarity to The Doors especially in the way the lead vocalist handles some of his delivery.
Up next is “Pressure” which has an open desert, rambling feel to it. Do you remember when guys rambled in songs? The southern rock/country vibe is strong here and so is everything else. They sound great and sounded like a band playing in a room. Something you don’t hear as often these days.
They close with “The Call Feat Leta Neustaedter” which is the arguable highlight. The song starts very smooth and yes jazzy. They layer some samples that I felt indifferent about but nonetheless the verse hits the bullseye. I loved the vocal performance and the song eventually feels very loose, and similar to the chorus on “Yellow Feathers.”
Battle For The Sun is a great EP. They did their homework, wrote powerful songs and got a great sound. Recommended
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