Blank Dogs "Before the Hours"

Blank Dogs "Before the Hours"
Blank Dogs is the best thing I've heard all week/month/etc. This one-man band is BK record shop clerk Mike Sniper, who's so damn prolific that he makes John Darnielle, Ryan Adams and Lil Wayne look like sluggards. Since 2007, this slave to the grind has released approximately eight EPs (on various sizes of wax and plastic), a single, a comp of all that stuff and last year's awesome full-length, called On Two Sides via Troubleman Unlimited. He also managed to squeeze in The Fields EP last month. (Photo courtesy of Lyndsy Welgos)

Released by Woodsist, the one-time home to Wavves, Crystal Stilts, Pink Reason and Vivian Girls, the seven-song mini-album's highlight comes via "Before the Hours," a wonky, lo-fi tribute to new wave that's so waterlogged and sci-fi that it sounds like it was recorded underwater in a leaky CQ-2 sub 500 miles deep fighting some Leviathan-type creature. Even if that was the recording circumstances, Sniper doesn't miss a hook with his spewing synths and chiming guitar stabs.

Blank Dogs already has a busy 2009 lined up, including another EP and more singles, one of which will be released prior to a full-length, both for revered, noisy garage merchants In the Red.

Blank Dogs "Before the Hours"