London quintet DogGone has been together only since July of 2012 but they already have a more cohesive sound than the majority of the bands who have been together for years. Their mini-EP The Marks Humans Leave Are Too Often Scars features two tracks that almost make you feel like you are listening to an early EP from a budding rock band in the 70’s. Their sound reflects influences like David Bowie, Pixies and The Smiths with a hint of Nirvana and a dash of Jeff Buckley.
DogGone serenades us with their first single Romance, a song that becomes the perfect melding of dreamy and dreary with the right amount of punch as the lyrics follow the emotional journey of one man’s heartbreak. The roaring guitars chug in dirty and heavy as vocalist Josh Esaw drawls the lyrics in a soothing croon. The only real problem with this song is that the band may have pulled a little too much from their musical influences as far as sound. After the first listen, you can identify at least 3 different rock bands past that directly influenced this specific song. They either need to get better at masking the sound they were influenced by or learn to add their own modern twist to a reminiscent sound.