The beauty of a throwback aesthetic is that if done correctly, it puts you back into a happy place in time. Flipping over the hourglass and giving you a moment to all at once relive while moving forward. New York rockers, Dog Society have crafted a time capsule of raw 90’s sound and emotion that somehow still feels very current. In the Shade has all of the ingredients to remind of some of the best times of your past.
“Heal Me” starts out the album with a low, slow tone before the song goes into a full flourish. There is no “adjustment period” on In the Shade, you are thrown into the deep end immediately. The next track, “Oleander Girl” is lyrically and tonally different from “Heal Me” in almost every way, and the energy is brought down to showcase some immediate versatility. If you weren’t familiar with the band before In the Shade, you’re getting a broad representation of their prowess from the early onset.
In the Shade also touches onto some late-60’s era stylings, very similar to Bowie in his Major Tom days. You’re never really sure which angle Dog Society will come at you, and it makes for a highly enjoyable listen. They are a band very comfortable exploring different era’s and making them their own. Odds are, if you have a favorite rock “moment”, they will touch on it in some way. This is a blessing and a curse in some ways, as you may not get a full example of the bands own identity, but it could also be a result of over 20 years of experience at play.
In the Shade is twelve tracks of introspection, longing and powerful hooks. The guitars ebb and flow with one another creating a melodious back and forth with the vocals, and that’s just on the “traditional” songs. Some may find plenty to dislike about the album, but they will never be bored. If they weren’t on your radar before, In the Shade should put Dog Society in your sights.
Worth a listen: Heal Me Friend, The Killer You Can’t See, Our Own Parade