Ohio punks All Dogs put out four sincere and nostalgic pop songs, that with a wall of fuzzy guitar and candid lyrics are the kind of music that seems it would be most at home as the soundtrack to some melancholy punk teen’s suburban summer. With an emphasis on powerful simplicity, All Dogs are part of a musical movement of punkish pop that uses a formula of distorted power chords and a focus on vocals and lyrics. The band is coming off of a successful tour with bands Cayetana and Waxahatchee, similar acts who are also pioneering this brand of punk-infused, singer-oriented pop songwriting. They are also label mates on Salinas Records with Swearin’, and other formidable figures in indie pop punk. This straightforward, bare bones style works especially well for All Dogs, as it allows for singer Maryn Jones’ enormous voice, powerful but tinged with an honest sweetness, to erupt through the thick, grungy sound. On all 7”, Jones’s vast voice works in conjunction with the instruments, generating emotional impact. With lyrics that feel like a personal journal, discussing things like the importance of having dependable friends or longing for the places that represent happier, less complicated times, the songs are direct and affecting.
The band makes it especially clear on the last track that they mean business, with Jones determinedly singing, “I still have something to say” – All Dogs do have something to say, and with a strong punk pop sound they are making sure that you listen.