Dogs on Acid "s/t" Tape
The members of Philadelphia's Dogs On Acid have only been playing together since 2014, but there's nothing novice about them. For starters, the band is a veritable supergroup of revered Philadelphia acts, featuring members of Algernon Cadwallader, Snowing and others to make Dogs On Acid yet another export from the buzzed-about local scene. This longstanding entrenchment in Philadelphia's music landscape has allowed the punk/indie band - singer/guitarist Peter Helmis, guitarist Joe Reinhart, bassist Nate Dionne and drummer Nick Tazza - a refreshing amount of familiarity to bypass the typical startup grunt work that comes with forming a new project and focus on the most important thing: the music. The songs on this self-titled release at times feel effortless in the best way: "The Prick" stomps like Pinkerton-era Weezer; the playful hooks of "Flushed" make for an earworm surprise; and '90s indie-rock influences like Pixies, Built To Spill and Archers Of Loaf shine through on songs such as "Make It Easy."