The Griswolds
Beware the Dog

It may be 38 degrees and snowing, but my mind is completely focused on summer. While a lot of it stems out of my complete discontent for the current weather, it also helps that I’m listening to one of my favorite warm-weather bands, The Griswolds.

Coming out of Sydney, Australia, this infectious four piece caught our ear not too long ago with their last EP, Heart of a Lion. Today we’re excited to bring you a first listen at their latest song, ‘Beware the Dog.’ While the song has a light and tropical sound, the lyrics are actually quite somber. When asked about their meaning, lead singer Christopher Whitehall had this to say:

This is the first song Dan and I ever wrote together. It’s about losing someone we were really close with to heavy drug use. ‘Beware the Dog’ is about that journey – the good and the bad times.

The song still has that upbeat, trop-pop appeal that these guys have come to be known for. Even though the meaning of the song might be a bit dark, it’s impossible to not sing along. I especially belted out “She used to suck the life out of me…but now you’re fucking crazy,” as that may or may have not reminded me of an ex. Ok, it totally reminded me of an ex.

All kidding aside, these guys are on their way to great things. They’re currently putting the finishing touches on their highly anticipated debut album, whom Tony Hoffer (M83, Phoenix, Beck) helped out with. They also finished up touring with St. Lucia in Australia (a show which we would have killed to see), and are set to play a few shows here in the states, including Bonnaroo. Check the tour dates below to see if they’re coming to your neck of the woods.

6/13/14 to 6/15/14 – Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
6/17/14 –Great Scott – Allston, MA – w/Gemini Club
6/18/14 – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY – w/Gemini Club
6/19/14 to 6/22/14 – Firefly – Dover, DE
6/19/14 – Black Cat Backstage – Washington, DC – w/Gemini Club
6/20/14 – Boot and Saddle – Philadelphia, PA – w/Gemini Club
6/24/14 – Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA – w/Gemini Club
6/25/14 – Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, OH – w/Gemini Club
6/27/14 – DO 317 – Indianapolis, IN – w/Gemini Club

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