Rating : 9.5/10
By Kieran Webber
Forging their friendships in the crucible of their Houston, TX, high school, Sabrina Ellis (vocals), Andrew Cashen (vocals, guitar), and Orville Neeley (drums) first got their start covering AC/DC, The Ramones, Joan Jett, and the finer points of the Back to the Future soundtrack at school dances under the band name, Youth In Asia. Reuniting in Austin in 2008, they enlisted their pals Andy Bauer (guitar) and Graham Low (bass) and christened the act A Giant Dog.
To say they have come far from these days would be an understatement, they have harnessed the energy of said bands and mutated them into their own unique and explosive rock n roll. Their latest LP ‘Pile’ is but a shining example of how much of a powerhouse they have become, the rhythmic energy and raw punk attitude through this album has made it one of their strongest to date and a serious contender for the best album I have heard this year.
Opening with the operatic ‘Intro’ that acts as the calm before the storm, a moment’s tranquility before the ear assault begins, following tracks ‘Creep’, ‘Hitchhike Love’ and ‘Sleep When Dead’ are riff laden gooey punk goodness dripping in raw unapologetic energy.
The face melting doesn’t end here though as lead single ‘Sex & Drugs’ moves away from the punk rhythmic and allows the keyboard to take the lead, throwing the listener into a chasm of insanity, the whole album you are waiting for a break but it won’t come you cannot help but move to their almost witch like hypnosis.
The only respite the band offer is towards the end with ‘Get With You And Get High’ an acoustic number that shows the bands more peaceful side, it is a welcome break and aides in showing the bands diversity.
‘Pile’ is truly an incredible rock album that has everything that it needs to tickle the buds of rock fans through the world, it has something for everyone and ticks every box. The level of explosive energy that they have transferred into their album is a feat in itself and will leave you a deflated mess on the floor, asking no begging for more.