Introducing: All Dogs

All DogsMaryn Jones could take a lot of credit. The former Saintseneca and Yowler singer is something of an indie-confessional institution; after forming All Dogs in 2012, she watched the world champion several acts who, as Laura Snapes adroitly put it, projected the "plainspoken, fuzzed-up frontwoman" without recourse to eye-rolling or cliché.

Unlike many of their peers, though, the Ohio quartet - including Nick Harris, Amanda Bartley, and Jesse Withers - demonstrate as much of a knack for the slower songs as they do for melodic pop-punk. Their debut Kicking Every Day came out in 2015, and while the giddier affairs ("That Kind of Girl", "Ophelia") were still bruised with sadness, it was the light shining through its darker moments that stood out. In an interview at the time, Jones spoke frankly about the process: "A lot of the songs on the new record are about dealing with trauma and mental issues. Those have been a big theme for me lately because it’s therapeutic for me to talk about them."

If there's been a trend towards women speaking openly about mental health over DIY indie rock, it cleaves two paths. One looks to a past when the likes of Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill ruled an invisible world, rejecting oppressive arenas by forging new, underground scenes that circumvented them. The other looks to the near-future of today, where feminist voices are increasingly forcing their way into mainstream dialogues - the world of contemporaries Waxahatchee, Diet Cig, and Vagabon. Like every great artist, Maryn Jones takes elements from both directions.

The band have been dispiritingly quiet of late, though Jones herself has been busy uploading solo tracks under her own name. Whatever happens next, the world already feels brighter for the existence of All Dogs.

Keep up to date with All Dogs on their Facebook page, and watch the video for "Sunday Morning" below


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