Window Dogs is a band from Cleveland, OH comprised of Sean Breeden (vocals/guitar), Nate Dreher (bass), Dan Cooley (guitar/banjo/vocals), Mike Jaworske (drums) and Jonathan Khouri (keys/vocals) that recently released a six-song EP entitled Afterlife.
After spending some time with the EP my first thoughts were that the band was versatile. They indulge in rock, some folk, and each song has a pretty distinct feel to it. There were some songs that had a style that seemed to fit them better than others. One of the songs that seemed to be a good fit for the band was the opener “Strouds” which reminded me of Mumford & Sons. It contains a bit of country, bluegrass and that upbeat, hopeful vibe that Mumford & Sons tends to have. “Strouds” is simply a fun, optimistic song and also happens to be one of Breeden’s best vocal performances.
“Time Machine” is a pretty straightforward rocker. The band can rock but I have to admit that I thought the band sounded better when there wasn’t as much distortion. That being said there is a wicked guitar solo and a pretty catchy hook.
I was more than happy with folk/alternative rock of “Looking Glass.” “Looking Glass” doesn't throw you any curveballs but is nonetheless a well written song. Out of all the songs this one felt like it could have come out of the ‘90s. I say that in a good way.
The band rocks out on “Buzzards” and pulls off a number of inventive tricks, for example, the upward ascending then descending guitar parts of jumbling breakdown of bass, drums and vocal harmonies. They close with “Doom Loop” which has a slight Slanted and Enchanted Pavement era vibe. I really enjoyed the way the lead guitar sounded on this song.
Window Dogs is a solid band with a good amount of talent. I thought they sounded best when they melded folk and rock as to a more or less straightforward rock song. The EP isn’t perfect but was an enjoyable listen from beginning to end. I will at the very least be listening to “Strouds” and “Looking Glass” for the foreseeable future.
We are dedicated to informing the public about the different types of independent music that is available for your listening pleasure as well as giving the artist a professional critique from a seasoned music geek. We critique a wide variety of niche genres like experimental, IDM, electronic, ambient, shoegaze and much more.
Are you one of our faithful visitors who enjoys our website? Like us on Facebook