Pile. With the Who-style power chords and snappy lyrics (“I want to spin you upside down like a rodeo between the sheets”) of the urgently catchy new single “Photograph,” the band’s upcoming album, Toy, promises to be just as relentless.
“Our music encompasses the passion, the modern survival of winged-tipped shoes, seahorse androgyny, moon-rivers and bingo,” A Giant Dog grandly and cryptically declare on their website. The vague, rambling description is an aptly open-ended summary of the Austin, Texas, band’s music, which encompasses straight-ahead punk rock and a more open-ended version of roots music and classic rock & roll. Leading the charge is charismatic vocalist Sabrina Ellis, whose witty asides are fueled by the nonstop energy of guitarists Andy Bauer and Andrew Cashen. Ellis muses about sex, drugs, insomnia, creeps, romance and “Too Much Makeup” on A Giant Dog’s 2016 album,