Album review: Slaughter Beach, Dog, “Birdie”

by Jon E. Lynch

Slaughter Beach, Dog, “Birdie”

Available: Friday, Oct. 27, digitally via the Slaughter Beach, Dog Bandcamp page in various formats as high-quality download in MP3, FLAC etc. For those still (thankfully) buying physical albums, Lame-O Records is releasing the compact disc and two, count ’em two, vinyl versions. One thousand LP’s will be pressed on standard black vinyl and a thousand on half gold/half green vinyl.

I’ve got a friend with similar taste who tried, for some time, to get me into Modern Baseball. The sensitive indie, post-emo, rock ’n’ roll of this nature should’ve been somewhat in my relative wheelhouse and/or right up my alley. Problem was, I just couldn’t get into it. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based band was surrounding themselves with bands I dug, playing shows at venues I’d attend, and all should’ve been eye to eye. Again, something just didn’t click.

That said, who knows? Perhaps I just needed to back into their work via Jake Ewalds’ solo work while Modern Baseball is on hiatus. There is a wistful nostalgia to the music Ewald crafts under the Slaughter Beach, Dog moniker. With a full-length and EP already under his belt, there is no denying his output and talent. There is a clear DIY aesthetic to his process that I also admire. On “Birdie,” his second full-length, I’ve responded to his earnestness and sincerity that comes through the recordings. Guess it may be time to give Modern Baseball another go. For the uninitiated, I’d start here, with Birdie.

Recommended for fans of Modern Baseball, Tim Kasher (The Good Life & Cursive), Strand of Oaks, Pinegrove, The Hotelier, and Craig Finn (The Hold Steady)

— Jon E. Lynch[email protected]

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