Album Review – The Shifty Eyed Dogs (self-titled): by Carter Moss
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Scott Mathiasen guitar and vox Peter Knochel bass Isaac White drums produced by Scottie blinn for Blindspot Records. Recorded at Grease Punk Studios. All songs written by Scott Mathiasen
- Out the door
- Borrowed time
- Heartbreak error
- Keep myself from crying
- She said…
- Hard case
- 6Feet down
- Scott Mathiasen (Vocals, Guitar)
- Peter Knochel (Bass)
- Isaac White (Drums)
- Ted Sherer (Organ, Piano)
The Shifty Eyed Dogs – A spirited blend of blues, rock-a-billy, folk, country and good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n roll.
Formed in 2010 by Scott Mathiasen, The Shifty Eyed Dogs were assembled to perform music recorded on Scott’s debut solo EP. These first five songs were written, along with another 10. shortly after Scott’s earlier project, The Infants, decided to take a break.
San Diego Music Award nominees from 2011-2014.
San Diego, CA
The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Elvis Prelsley, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Elvis Costello, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Hank Williams, James Brown, Kurious…etc….
Hard drivin’ blues rock designed to make you get up and move!
As a follow-up to their debut 2012 LP, San Diego trio The Shifty Eyed Dogs is giving another bold taste of their brand of blues-rock through their new self-titled EP. These seven tracks give a generous helping of bluesy riffs, soulful vocals, and story-telling lyrics. Scott Mathiasen, Peter Knochel, and Isaac White are able to produce a rich, broad sound from just the three of them, as each track manages to meld together piano and harmonica along with electric riffs, driving bass, and solid percussion. And though Mathiasen’s vocals don’t have the gravel or deep tone often found in true blues, they fit the Dogs’ sound perfectly and still bring an authentic soulfulness to each song.
“Out the Door” opens the EP as a lead track should—simple singable chorus, dirty head-shaking guitar solos, and just the right amount of underlying organ to bathe it all in rootsy blues. “Borrowed Time” comes next and follows in the same vein, but slowing it down a little to really let the riffs and melody sink into your gut. “Heartbreaker” picks up the pace by adding some funk into the mix, followed by “Keep Myself from Crying,” the purest blues ballad on the record, a slow soulful lament. “She Said” and “Hard Case” bring back the rock, but aren’t all that memorable. The closing “Six Feet Down” is the perfect dark introspective encapsulation of the blues, complete with female harmonies.
These Dogs continue to find their own shifty ways to prove that the blues are alive and well in SoCal.
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