To say that the live reputation of Austin weirdo hard rock glam band A Giant Dog precedes them is an understatement. Blessed with a sound that mixes the filthiest aspects of ‘70s hedonism with ferocious riffs ripped straight from the playbook of the guitar gods, A Giant Dog has slowly become a rock n’ roll force, one writhing, sweaty show after another. So it came with great anticipation as the group charged through Los Angeles for a no-holds-barred show at the Bootleg Theater. The band's setlist was the perfect speedball of their propulsive rock. Like the group’s 2016 debut album Pile, their opener of “Creep” segued perfectly into “Hitchhike Love,” while they also kept the twin gut-punches of “Sex & Drugs” “& Rock & Roll” intact. But it’s the group’s energy and theatricality that stays with you, as frontwoman Sabrina Ellis and guitarist Andrew Cashen went back and forth with outlandish feats, whether that was mounting a crowd member and playing guitar on his shoulders or standing up on the bar and shredding. Check out photos above.
Take a look at A Giant Dog’s upcoming tour dates here.
The band’s new album, Toy, is out Aug. 25 on Merge.