Snack Fans


180-gram LP in gatefold sleeve with a booklet and download code. Edition of 500. Dog Chocolate sound like a crowded room but are actually four individuals from London. Having played in many other bands including Yeborobo, Limn, and Gasp! Cracking Eggs, united they recognize Dog Chocolate as their one true love. Abandoning notions of elegance, cred, and professionalism, they embrace the ramshackle, instant, and fun, capturing a vivid spontaneity with their music. Snack Fans is the band's debut album, following from 2014's split LP with gastronomic kin Ravioli Me Away (UTR 063LP). Snack Fans is composed of 14 bite-sized nuggets high in salt and sugar content. The sound is a shabby, fast, over-excited ball of wet fur falling down the stairs, knocking over plants along the way, and staining the carpet. With an average song time of two minutes, Dog Chocolate are on to the next treat before fully digesting the last. Chewing up bits of punk, post-punk, noise, and pop, Matthew and Robert's guitars race around each other like wasps, pitch-shifting and phasing all over the place while Jono's rolled-up-newspaper drums chase them round the room. Andrew's occasional impressionistic keyboard flourishes add further color to the scene, while Andrew and Robert take it in turns to sing with the others joining in occasionally. Lyrically the album deals with themes domestic, emotional, and metaphysical, with subjects ranging through purging one's life of material possessions, cosmically ordering a pet, memories evoked by the tactile properties of objects, the impermanence of the body, confusion, holidays, environmental concern, and hay fever. There are moments of flippancy and silliness, but also of investigation and introspection. In just over 25 minutes the band gleefully assemble a sound held together with Scotch tape and Blu-tac, just robust enough to reach its destination as it's chucked downhill. It's an album packed with ideas and momentum -- no need to set the table, Dog Chocolate are in a rush. If Snacks Fans doesn't satisfy your appetite then you'll need to fix yourself a feast or something.