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Slaughter Beach Dog

December 2016
Slaughter Beach, Dog
"Welcome
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Jake Ewald, well-known as one-fourth of Modern Baseball, steps into the spotlight on his first full-length album as Slaughter Beach, Dog. Suitably titled Welcome, Ewald’s ten-track confessional holds nothing back. Each melody and each emotion is unfettered and nostalgic without apology. Like the grownup and more articulate version of your favorite band from undergrad, Slaughter Beach, Dog’s dream-pop adjacent anthems will melt your heart with ease.
 
Opening with the self-aware ‘90s throwback “Mall-rat Semiannual,” Welcome’s strength lies in Ewald’s ability to build an entire universe within a matter of seconds. Like a lyrical rendering of an intricate diorama, the album’s first track unfolds with earnest inflection, sway-worthy riffs, and a romanticism reminiscent of Pavement’s “Gold Soundz” meshed with Modest Mouse’s “Dramamine”. The directness of “Toronto Mug” is perfectly mirrored by the its brevity, while “Monsters” feels like the song you wish you wrote about yourself, depicting with precise rhythm what it means to be haunted by the shortcomings of others as well as your own.
 
“Bed Fest” plays out like the soundtrack to a mumblecore flick at its climax - bittersweet and subtle - awash in acoustic chords and swelling snare, ending in trippy reverb as Ewald croons, “You can’t stay here.” “Forever” and “Jobs” are pragmatic snapshots of the millennial plight framed by poppy backbeats and relatable proclamations like “I think that we’re better off just believing in ourselves, but that’s just me.” A sweet but solemn love song, “Politics of Grooming,” effortlessly bleeds into “Drinks,” a wistful theme for lovers not quite over their past, but unafraid of diving headfirst into the future, hand in hand despite misgivings. Like a premature epilogue, “Toronto Mug II” is lo-fi in all the right ways, serving as a welcomed primer to the album’s instrumental exit, “Essex Street.”
 
Staying true to its namesake, Slaughter Beach, Dog’s latest slew of songs will remind you of where you came from and who you really are. - Dianca London
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New Slaughter Beach, Dog EP Available for Streaming & Download

Slaughter Beach, Dog, a.k.a. Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball, released his first LP, Welcome, earlier this fall via Lame-O Records. He also has a new two-song EP, Ring Ring Ring, to pull from for his set this evening at Everbody Hits, which will be the kickoff to his mini-tour with Abi Reimold. You can check out Slaughter Beach, Dog's latest orginal, "104 Degree," and Songs: Ohia cover, "Just Be Simple," off 2003's Magnolia Electric Co., below.

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New Slaughter Beach, Dog LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Slaughter Beach, Dog, a.k.a. Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball, recently released a new album, Welcome, via Lame-O Records. One naturally dives head first into narrative depths, exploring the detailed imagery as loose, energetic melodies sustain the drive. These sonic anecdotes resonate, tugging at the emotive core while painting complex, sometimes heavy situations with an earnest, rebounding, "we’re alone in this together" reassurance.

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New Track: "Forever" - Slaughter Beach, Dog

Welcome, the new album from Slaughter Beach, Dog, which is led by Jake Ewald (Modern Baseball), will be released on September 30 via Lame-O Records. Its latest single, “Forever” (which recently premiered at American Songwriter), hits a heavier backend start, before a twirling guitar pattern branches out into a set of booming tones. The song negotiates melody along the catchy yet complicated narrative. (Photo by Mimi Hong)

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Girlpool's Harmony Tividad Steps Up to the Plate at Everybody Hits March 8

Harmony Tividad (of Girlpool) steps up to the plate at Everybody Hits this evening. With a minimalist, melodic approach, her songs etch an earnest understanding of the transitions and adjustments associated with adulthood. The sheer simplicity and somewhat confessional sound seems addressed to the individual, releasing a revealing internal monologue expressing an array of emotions - anguish, disappointment, hope etc. Exposing these private thoughts publicly gives rise to universal a feeling. With a new record almost completed, Slaughter Beach, Dog (a.k.a. Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball) captures expressively detailed snapshots that shed the protective outer layers, placing the nerves out in the open. They'll also be joined by Cold Foamers, who recently released a new EP Musketball, and the sincere folk-pop of Florist completes a night at the batting cages that hits home. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8:30pm, $7, All Ages (Photo by Scott Troyan) - Michael Colavita

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