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Sons Of Great Dane / Press

“The intersection of alt-country's dusty gravel road and power pop's cherry-blossom-littered boulevard is well-traveled. But no matter how many times you cross it, it's nearly always pleasant and endearing. Sons of Great Dane, a four-piece from Kansas City, seems content to park its ice-cream wagon at the corner of this intersection and set up shop. The group's debut album, Why Ramble?, gives equal attention to sensitive pop melodies and clanging country-rock chords. A cursory glance at the track list suggests a much grittier record. Songs named "Bullet Left It's [sic] Barrel's Head" and "Drug Queen Beauty" could be whiskey-scented, country-blues numbers with mournful lyrics and weepy fiddles. Instead, Sons of Great Dane offers upbeat rockers with clean, enthusiastic guitars and Brent Windler's sunny vocals in the foreground — no fiddles in hearing distance. Like Old 97's' better stuff, Why Ramble? can't decide whether to be pretty or to rock, so it settles for both.”

“The direction of the word evolution, in music, today has more to have with modernizing what already it was made of what the creation of really new noises. Not to be that if it is made use to explore bizarrias experimental, all the combinations of possible chords already had been basically tested. The personal abilities, musical luggage, references, influences and objectives to reach, finish for tracing the differences enter the bands of pop and the current rock. Thus functions the group Sounds Of Great Dane: a true secular colheitador of influences. Brent Windler, Nolle Bond and Evan John, travel until the decade of 40 to search country; they full the hand when they pass for pop of the Sixties, the same breathe setentista air of the Big Star and pincelam everything with what they had learned of alt.country noventista. Why Ramble? , record of estreia of the group, mixes everything in its proper cauldron and presents 10 songs of the known style as American. (org in Portuguese)”

“This Kansas City, MO bunch do trad pop the right way. The band does a real nice mix of power pop and alt country (ala Old 97’s) but the strength of the songs is what makes this record so darn tasty. Plus, inside the hand done cardboard sleeve is a small envelope that has “Why ramble?” on the outside and inside has a small card with the songs titles and no other info. No address, no band info, nothin’ (go to their my space site for that) . The tunes are terrific, opener “Early Train” reminded me a bit of the more upbeat Volebeats tunes while the more noir-ish “Always Wrong, Always Right” adds some twang to the proceedings and “Bullet Left Its Barrel’s Head” is pure, shiny melody. That’s the first there tracks and there’s 7 more and not a bum one in the batch. There’s even a few fine acoustic numbers mixed in between. This is definitely going to make the DAGGER top 15 “Under the Radar” cds for 2009. Write the band and send ‘em your money.”

“Sons of Great Dane, another of the area's most promising new acts, is also refreshingly unfashionable. The use of cowbell in their opening set, for instance, was entirely free of irony. They look remarkably like 1970-era Creedence Clearwater Revival, but their sound alternates between power pop and alternative country. Even as they continue to improve at a remarkable rate, Sons of Great Dane seem like a band in transition. It's as if they can't decide if they want to be Big Star or Son Volt when they grow up. Sons of Great Dane could be extraordinary if they find a way to be both. ”

“History is littered with alternate universe questions. What if the Allies lost World War II? What if the South won the Civil War? These questions can never be answered for sure, but the debut disc from the Kansas City band Sons of Great Dane gives us a plausible answer to the counterfactual that asks what if Alex Chilton and Chris Bell were into country-rock instead of the Beatles? Blending power pop and country in a tuneful fashion not heard since the turn of the century heyday of Wilco's Summerteeth, Old 97s' Fight Songs and The Jayhawks' Smile, Sons of Great Dane have one of the early 2009 best-of frontrunners on their hands. This one's a treat, and it holds the promise of uniting the No Depression crowd and the IPO crowd if it can get before enough ears, something for which I'm doing my part.”