Self-titled debut EP by four-piece rock band, Paper Dogs is a charming, though capricious collection of genre sampler that had me continually checking to see I was still listening to the same band. Oh, and cool album art, by the way.
Prologue’s opening notes recall early Jefferson Airplane, then takes a turn toward Robert Cray’s blues riffs. A little symphonic set up for the guitar prowess to come.
Black Dog White Elephants is a vibrant amalgamation of old school metal with a handful of electric blues riffs throughout. Then segues into a throbbing guitar and drum crescendo. Think Black Sabbath circa 1978.
The blues reappear on Sometimes, featuring powerhouse vocals by Amy Montgomery. This is down and dirty blues that pulls at your heartstrings. Think Hozier, but ever so slightly grittier.
No Signal goes acoustic and a bit dark as in the early grunge days. Think Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun. This is an EP for guitar lovers for certain, but for audiophiles and all sorts of playlists.