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Arkansas Dogjaw / Press

“Arkansas Dogjaw’s latest album, Her Shell’s Lair, is a complex study of multiple genres of rock and alternative music. The albums’ thirteen tracks are so unique and well-crafted that it’s difficult to box them into one genre of rock music...Dogjaw’s method of channeling the sounds of progressive rock, blues rock, alternative rock, and rockabilly - while still incorporating their own signature sound - is a reflection of their diverse musical talent. Every track on the album is a testament to the bands’ ability to synch together different styles and influences...The album begins with the song “Ki to Life”, an up-tempo song with wailing guitars and amazing percussion that captures the band’s intense, raw sound...“Unbraided” is an emotive rock-ballad with melodic guitar and heartfelt vocals; a deep cut that is as eloquent as it is chill-inducing...Dogjaw does what very few bands are able to do, by paying homage to their influences in a way that is both well-crafted ”

“Interview: Arkansas Dogjaw To remind my reading audience of your sound, who do you sound like? Modest Mouse, Primus, Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers, King Crimson, Radiohead What well-known bands do you admire and why? Danny (lead vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar): Rage Against the Machine: Their overall groove is always killer and there’s no other band that sounds like them. They are all innovators, which is what we strive for as a band as well. The feeling behind Zach’s vocals is a strong influence in my own vocal style. Ryan (lead guitar, vocals, banjo): King Crimson: Their openness to song, rhythmic, and harmonic structures. They were extremely flexible in the moods of their songs, some were epic and moving, some were hilarious, and some were outright bizarre, but always sounded great. Kijoong (drums, vocals): Radiohead: Their use of different meters and genres are very interesting and they do that while not losing their rock root. What venue(s) do you play oft”

“Best name for a band in years. I haven’t seen them live yet, but there is a new band on the scene with what I would consider to be band name perfection: Arkansas Dogjaw. I am not sure what it is, or if it’s even anything, but I know that it works. A quick google search brings up one definition for the mysterious word. From Urban Dictionary. I will spare you the stupid ass details. Click the link if you are really interested No matter. I suppose we already know what a “dogjaw” is. If we analyze the compound word, it’s simply what it sounds like: a dog’s jaw. But what of Arkansas? Did it just work phonetically? Or is there something to it? Are dog’s jaws somehow more relevant in Hot Springs? Or was it just a super stoned moment where the drummer said to the bassist, “Dude. That’s the band name.“ My guess is the latter. Who cares. They are performing in town soon, I am sure. You can likely find out when by clicking here. Go see them. It’s music, after all.”