Band To Watch

Band To Watch: Blank Dogs

Blank Dogs are actually singular: It’s the insanely prolific one-man Brooklyn-based band of Mr. Blank Dog. We don’t know too much about the biography of the guy behind the bedroom new-wave pop/punk and he’s usually covering his face with masks or bedspreads, but that’s fine. The aura of anonymity allows you to focus on the sounds — and, really, he might be releasing a ton of things, but there’s definitely a higher jam to crap ratio. It’s like Joy Division vocal lines with the Cure’s synth and guitar melodies filtered through ancient submerged keyboards and eroded recording equipment. And that voice? All the feedback in the world can’t hide his knack for melody. Blank Dogs have been making plenty of rumbles in the noisier and more secretive outposts of the underground (half his discography’s sold out), but Troubleman Unlimited’s just repressed his very recommended full-length On Two Sides (on yellow vinyl in an edition of 500) and In The Red’s releasing a 20-song double LP (or single CD) Under And Under in January. It’s all new material. He’s also playing his first shows this month in NYC, so if you want to take a peek, you can. All this to say: Seems like Blank Dogs is on his way out of the basement. Listen:

Blank Dogs – “Crystal Ladies” (MP3)
Blank Dogs – “Ants” (MP3)

Both tracks come from the aforementioned On Two Sides: “Ants,” its fuzzed-out hook, is the opener. And, for a pace chance, “Crystal Ladies” definitely takes on a Daydream Nation vibe within the crunch. If you’d like some visuals to go with the listening sessions, here’s the excellent “Leaving The Light On” and “Scenes From A New Town.” As far are more new material, the Danish label 4:2:2 just this week released the “Setting Fire To Your House” b/w “I Was Counting” 7″ in an edition of 500, but it’s already sold out. You can hear the A-side, which will show up on the In The Red album, at the label’s MySpace. It’s also up at Blank Dogs’ MySpace, where you can also catch “L Machine,” another great song from forthcoming the In The Red release (which, as you might have guessed, is much anticipated in these parts). More upcoming releases, from the mouth of Mr. BD: “Soon to be released on cassette via the Fuck It Tapes label is a compilation of most tracks from the first year of releases entitled Year One. This includes the two 12″ EP’s and the first four 7″ EPs. This will be released on CD and LP by Sacred Bones with different artwork.”

This is a lot to absorb, yes. The man possesses a large discography of 7″s, cassettes, limited-edition whatever, and the like. For your convenience, and hopefully your undying loyalty, he has most of it available as a free download (with a “donate” button) over at his blog. If you do make use of it, please do donate. Finally, this should be great:

09/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands #
09/21 – New York, NY @ DCTV (formerly known as the Tank) $

# w/ Crystal Stilts and the Intelligence
$ w/ Eat Skull, Psychedelic Horseshit, Little Claw, and the Intelligence

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