Album Review: El Dog – The Lamps Of Terrahead
I have to admit to getting childishly excited by there being a song called Fire In Your Eyes on this album, but it turns out that El Dog mean that in an entirely figurative way, not the gonzo ‘I have FIRE and I will put it in your EYES’ way that my brain was thinking.
On reflection, it’s a bit worrying that my brain came up with the gonzo concept instead of the mundane reality, but it is a handy metaphor for this band. They really could have been a lot more exciting than they are, and indeed that the in-your-face album artwork and cited influences imply.
El Dog are basically a slightly below par Snow Patrol, with perhaps elements of the later-era ultra radio-friendly Idlewild, making big yet introspective indie-rock tracks, ballads and epics in equal number. A bit more of a punk aspect and a bit less of the indie, and this could have been a very interesting record.
As it stands, El Dog could stand to make an impact on the mass-market indie charts, but have sadly made very little impact on me.
- If That Was The Last That We Met
- A Princess, A Monkey, The Stars and The Sea
- Bah Rock
- Rhythm Tooth
- Ha Ha Nae Joy
- Fire In Your Eyes
- I’m In A Car
- Glass Of Water
- Monster’s Final Hour
- Rebecca’s Spine
- Sham Rock