Gas Station Disco – Dog Bites and Cat Fights
Gas Station Disco creates rollicking indie rock on “Dog Bites and Cat Fights”. Distortion dominates throughout “Dog Bites and Cat Fights”. These songs contain great power. Driving the sound is the strong rhythm section courtesy of Kevin Trout’s steady consistent bass and Rob Hampton’s expressive percussion. Mike Welten and Mike Danger create inviting riffs throughout the collection. Tying everything together are Mike Welten’s passionate vocals and tender lyricism. By focusing on the evolution of relationships, there is a sense of loveliness that permeates each and every song.
Some of these songs do particularly fine work in tapping into a classic rock, vibe, like on the raw “Cough Medicine”. A narrative forms on “Cough Medicine” as the song veers towards total chaos, nicely pulling back right at the last moment. Offering a brighter, more optimistic story is the sweetness of “Defining Legends” with a driving rhythm punctuated by gentle piano. Going for a quiet approach is the reflective “Crayon Marks”. Stripping away the distortion all that remains is the acoustic clarity. Bringing their quiet and loud together is the ambitious, sprawling piece of “Complicated Bliss”. Easily the highlight of the collection the song’s comforting tone works wonders. With “Hello” Gas Station Disco show off their impressive ability to build up their sound into a glorious crescendo. Playfulness reigns over the bubbly sound of “Windows”.
At times recalling the Pixies at their most unhinged and direct, Gas Station Disco’s “Dog Bites and Cat Fights” is what more indie rock should be.