This week’s band of the week is a dude who makes lo-fi dark, post-punk-y music under a moniker. It’s really cool stuff, really good, AND the dude runs one of my favourite little indie labels. The band of the week is…
So, Blank Dogs is really just Mike Sniper, formerly of the band DC Snipers. He’s located, however, and unsurprisingly, in Brooklyn, where he runs the awesome indie label Captured Tracks with which he’s put out albums by Craft Spells, Minks, Beach Fossils, Soft Moon, Wild Nothing, and a number of other solid bands. That’s a pretty fucking awesome roster. But this post isn’t about the label, it’s about the band.
I first heard of Blank Dogs when I randomly downloaded his FACT Magazine mix, after I like the Fucked Up one they did and wanted to check out another, figuring they had cool taste. So, I didn’t actually hear Blank Dogs then, just his mix, which was ok. Truth be told, I liked the Fucked Up one more.
Recently though, Pitchfork reviewed his latest release, Collected By Itself: 2006-2009, a compilation of early singles and songs. I checked it out and from what writer Jess Harvel wrote, I thought Blank Dogs‘ stuff might be something I’d like. I checked out a couple of his albums and turns out I was right. Blank Dogs‘ work is the perfect level of lo-fi, has great hooks, rocks harder at appropriate times, and yeah, it’s just good work. I really like his latest release, the poppier Land And Fixed, though the In The Red-released double album Under and Under is really cool too, a little harder, but also a little on the long-side (and feels it).
This stuff also has a bit of timely appeal to me, because I’m recording my new Bulldog Skin EP in Ableton (first time using the software) and going for a similar sound, also with more use of drum machines, so I’m kind of taking notes of how he uses them (all of Land and Fixed is programmed) and still makes the work sound organic and cool.
Anyways. Blank Dogs. Cool stuff.
Photo: Impose Magazine