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  • Writer's pictureBrian Delaney

Take a Bite of DOGDAD's Debut "SWAN DIVE PITY PARTY"

Updated: Dec 18, 2023

In the heart of Austin, TX, emerges a solo project that not only breaks genre boundaries but dives headfirst into the raw, unfiltered depths of human emotion. DOGDAD's debut record, "SWAN DIVE PITY PARTY," is a bold and compelling fusion of Post-Punk, Post-Hardcore, and Emo, skillfully woven together entirely by the project's mastermind.

From the very first note, it's evident that DOGDAD has poured their soul into this record. The album serves as a canvas for the artist's most extreme feelings, taking listeners on a journey that oscillates between the abrasive and the accessible. It's a musical tapestry that blends genres and displays a unique edge, intensity, and introspection making it feel original, while still maintaining a familiar and accessible undertone. The album's thematic focus delves deep into DOGDAD's personal struggles with depression, the impact it has on relationships, and the solace sought in the embrace of alcohol. DOGDAD bares it all, with tracks like "Dewar's Good Time" exuding a "Fuck it, I'm on a roll," attitude, while "Ouroboros" explores the regret-filled aftermath with a moderately danceable beat as its backdrop.

What sets, "SWAN DIVE PITY PARTY," apart is DOGDAD's commitment to authenticity. The solo artist not only wrote and performed every track but also took on the roles of producer, mixer, and mastering engineer, showing off a real DIY spirit throughout the projects creation and completion. This level of creative control helped to ensure that his vision remained untainted, while moving ahead to deliver a cohesive and powerful listening experience for new and old fans alike. In a musical landscape often dominated by conformity, DOGDAD stands out as a refreshing and unapologetic voice. The blend of genres, the emotional depth, and the personal touch in every aspect of the album create a truly unique sonic experience. It's a record that not only invites listeners to empathize but also beckons them to feel deeply, transcending the boundaries of conventional music.

As DOGDAD himself puts it, this debut album is a triangle drawn for personal interpretation, and within its confines lies a captivating journey through the complexities of the human experience. "SWAN DIVE PITY PARTY, " is more than just music; it's an invitation to connect, to reflect, and to embrace the full spectrum of emotions. DOGDAD may have started as a band desperate to be used in an anime intro, but with this debut, he's proven himself as an artist deserving of a much broader stage.

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