Hertfordshire duo Dog Food drop their second single, ‘Sinister Affair’, a winding and complex slacker rock track

George Ward
George Ward

Freelance journalist based in Bristol. Can be found at the Grain Barge, Rough Trade or in his tiny basement bedroom writing for CLUNK.

If you haven’t yet heard of Dog Food, this is understandable. With only two singles released under this name, Dog Food are fresh on the scene. Yet the musicians behind the project, Brad Palmer and Will Crane, have been playing together as rhythm sections for multiple bands, refining their skills and collecting their influences. 

‘Sinister Affair’ is the second single from Dog Food and proves how versatile they are. Compared to the jangly pop of ‘Glang Glang’, ‘Sinister Affair’ is, for lack of a better word, far more sinister. The track leans into a much grungier aesthetic, while never losing the bubbly character of their sound. 

The guitar sound is absolutely massive. Starting as a pop-punky banger, the track shifts its shape several times throughout. The riffs take so many unexpected twists and turns while the guitars, dripping in effects, always lead the way. The drum performance in ‘Sinister Affair’ is also impressive; at 4 minutes, it’s not a short track, and the drums remain relentless all the way through.

Palmer’s vocals are emotional and whiney in the best possible way. His vocal range is huge and he sings with far more confidence than a band who are only just “introducing themselves properly”. 

Listen to ‘Sinister Affair’ here: