Damyon – We’re All Dogs
A slow strumming guitar reverberates gently, its notes lingering and leaving a haunting imprint that stains the stereo speakers blood red. The churn pushes a little harder against the grain as Damyon starts to sing, and the heartfelt, emotional lyrics of “Again” start to stretch and bend our consciousness in a different direction than any of this band’s contemporaries have dared to take us in. “The sun’s gonna set againtonight,” we’re told, almost in a defeated tone, as if to suggest that the night ahead brings more trouble than it’s worth. Our guts ache as the timber of the guitars break into an exotic flurry on “Crazy,” the second track from Damyon’s epic new EP We’re All Dogs. There’s a stressed yearning in our singer’s voice that is so smoky and dazed inducing that his pain almost acts as a cathartic escape for us to forget our own miseries for a second. Not unlike Kurt Cobain, Damyon is so relatable and earnestly (and even affectionately) heartbroken when he talks about distress and melancholy that it can be overwhelming for some listeners to take in all at once. “Crazy,” however, is an exceptionally accessible ballad that I think even the most casual alternative music novices would have no trouble getting into and appreciating.
“Do It or Don’t” comes ripping out of nowhere with feedback tinged fireworks that make way for a jangle rock swing that is impossible not to instantly fall in love with. It’s definitely a different look from the first two tracks, which emphasize more Damyon’s minimalism than his ferocious, garage style energy. We’re All Dogs works so well because of the juxtapositions and contrasts that its tracks create when listened to in a single sitting. “Do It or Don’t” isn’t a song that we’re expecting to follow up the slow strut of “Crazy” with, but this eclectic arrangement ends up being far more thought provoking than if they would have reversed its order and done something slightly more streamlined.
“Get Behind Me” keeps the volume knob turned up and lets the mix get a little less compressed and a little more saturated to make for the most sprawling and spacious chapter of We’re All Dogs. The churchy keys grind against the symphony of indulgent noise radiating from the amplifiers to create a very humanizing feeling that washes over the otherwise Joe Cocker-esque, hard belted vocals from Damyon. None of the band sounds like they’re competing for our attention though, instead playing off of each other to create a sincerely unique journey into the sonic unknown. “Come By Again” brings everything to a close with a rollicking beat that shows off a folkier side of this crew that is a refreshing change of pace from the previous four tracks of straight up amplifier destruction. At its conclusion, we’re left feeling much of the irreverent self-awareness that Damyon dispatches in this twenty minute offering, but moreover, we’re desperate to hear more from this exciting and highly energetic indie rock band.
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