“Rock and roll won’t make it OK,” Tristan Jemsek sings on “Cups And Wrappers,” the lead single off of Dogbreth’s new album Second Home. “But it used to seem that way.” The band — whose members are spread out between Phoenix and Seattle — pulls from rock’s divergent viewpoints, both the older iteration’s playful bravado and the insular, confessional, anxiety-driven stuff of recent yore, to create songs that are at once affirming and deeply self-conscious. Having availed themselves of the notion that everything can be fixed within a single song, Dogbreth opt to leave situations open-ended and unexplained. They write in tight-knit metaphors; early singles “Steeping” and “Hoarder House” are economical and direct. One is about waiting and growing stronger with each passing moment, the other about being too cluttered and closed-off to serve as support for anyone else. “Rock and roll will someday go away, but it never used to seem that way.” When you’re really young, music feels like an escape — a larger-than-life force that can dramatically alter your worldview — but part of growing up is realizing that it’s plagued by all the same neuroses you encounter every day. Dogbreth’s music capitalizes on that disconnect to make something really special. Listen below.
08/05 Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge ~
08/06 Pomona, CA @ VLHS ~
08/07 San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe ~
08/08 Fullerton, CA @ Programme Skate and Sound ~
08/09 Santa Barbara, CA @ Funzone ~
08/10 Santa Cruz, CA @ SubRosa ~
08/11 San Jose, CA @ Trash House ~
08/12 Oakland, CA @ 1234 Go! Records ~
08/13 Oakland, CA @ No Dome III ~
~ w/ Cereal Milk
Second Home is out 8/5 via Asian Man Records.