Before the show on Friday at Market Hotel, Blank Dogs was a mysterious figure who released copious amounts of vaguely post-punk but ultimately undefinable material. The songs are intensely layered with multiple effects, the most obvious being the heavily reverbed vocals. The most comprehensive information about Blank Dogs (the person) was the November 2008 interview with Swingset Magazine.
In its previous two live performances, Blank Dogs was a duo of guitarist/vocals “Mr. Blank Dog” and a keyboard/effects artist. We were surprised to see a complete 5-piece band on Friday, but really satisfied within the first couple of songs that the quintet completely worked. The double-guitar effect sounded like Bernard Sumner on speed, and the bass and drums provided a solid back-beat that permitted the keys/effects to let loose. The vocals remained heavily blanketed by the ‘verb, but the real focus of this performance was the consistent engine of noisy rhythm that propelled the songs. We can not imagine that Blank Dogs will be anything but a five-piece in live performance from here forward.
Blank Dogs have several NYC gigs (Le Poisson Rouge and Music Hall included) before embarking on a trip to Austin for SXSW, which will be highlighted by the Blank Dogs appearance at the After The Jump SXSW Showcase.
Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)
Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].
Brooklyn NY USA
Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded 30 feet from Right PA
Neumann KM-150 (AK-50 Hypercardiods) > Monster Cable > Apogee Mini-Me > Digital Coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (set fades, level adjustments, downsample) > CD Wave > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac
Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
[total time 33:10]
01 No Compass
02 Setting Fire
03 Leaving The Light On
04 Slow Room
05 Two Months
07 Before The Hours
10 Crystal Ladies
If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Blank Dogs, visit their/his MySpace page, and purchase their/his many releases. The releases are scattered among many labels and quite a few are out of print. Here are a series of links to places where Blank Dogs releases may be purchased: Woodsist Records, Freedom School Records, Sacred Bones Records, Daggerman Records, Seven Ten Twelve, Sweet Rot Records, Troubleman Records.