Brooklyn, New York City punk pups Lost Dog have honed a raw and funky punk rock sound that is sure to have you yapping along in appreciation.
The trio of Dallas Palumbo (drums and vocals), Chris Sommerfeldt (guitar and vocals), Jules Chaveco (bass and vocals) released their debut EP 99¢ Paradise last month, and sent us opening track The What Ifs to have a listen to.
The track opens up with a lively verse and the interesting lyrics “I miss carving up your hand with a plastic knife on a boat somewhere between childhood and the mainland, I miss screaming in the mic drinking until sunrise passing out under some stranger’s couch, These days all I do is write, Take myself too seriously, Hold out, Kick the kettle on.”
That builds up to a shoutalong chorus supported by punky guitars that you can’t help but jig along to a little. A second chorus signs off with the line “I miss being on a boat and not giving a shit, Hold it together man” before launching into another fun chorus that brings the short, sharp track to an end. Give it a listen below:
The EP also features a particularly enjoyable track called Fuck Trump, which features delicious little high-pitched guitar lick over yaps of… you guessed it… “Fuck Trump.” Give it a listen below:
We had a chat with the band to find out a little more, and get the lowdown on the weird circumstances that inspired The What Ifs. Read on below…
GR: Who are Lost Dog?
LD: “Chris, our guitarist and singer, grew up in Sweden, where he used to thrash around in beer-soaked punk bands until he made it to the Big Apple in 2013. He eventually crossed paths with Dallas, our Queens-bred drummer and singer, and Jules, our Brooklyn-bred bassist and singer.”
“The three of us played in hip hop-centric fusion act, the Flying Machine Collective, for several years before we broke off and formed Lost Dog in the winter of 2018. The concept of Lost Dog had been a long time coming, but the easiest way to explain the band’s inception was that we were all eager to go back to our punk rock roots and start making music that made us feel alive again.
“Despite having only been around for about eight months, we’ve established ourselves as a New York City punk mainstay that can be trusted to put on a hell of a show anywhere, anytime.”
GR: You just released The What Ifs. What should people be expecting from the song?
LD: “Chris wrote The What Ifs while in a funk about how life flies by you like a god damn freight train. The lyrics kick-off by recounting this bizarre incident he had while on a boat in the Baltic Sea, where he had to cut up his friend’s hand with a plastic knife after losing a weird bet.
“In adulthood, experiences like that are increasingly rare and the songs try to convey the bitterness of that loss. Outrageous, spontaneous and irreverent incidents escape you the older you get, which sucks. Not entirely sure what people should expect from the song, but I think we all, in one way or another, miss ‘being on the boat and not giving a shit.'”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people who haven’t listened to you yet?
LD: “On a primal level, our sound is like a punch in the gut: no unnecessary frills or embellishments – just hard-hitting songs delivered right down your ear holes. At the same time, we take pride in finding themes in both our music and lyricism that can provoke relatable and at times complex emotions and feelings of anger and political unrest.
“I hate trying to compare our sound to any other band’s, but I guess some of our influences would be 80s punk bands like Adolescents and Dead Kennedys as well as more contemporary stuff like Oh Sees and Parquet Courts.”
GR: What does the rest of 2019 look like?
LD: “Beyond continuing to consistently gig around the city, some of our main priorities include producing a music video for one of the songs off of our first EP 99¢ Paradise.
“We’re also looking to expand beyond New York and hopefully play some shows in neighboring states and go on a mini-tour. We already have a bunch of new material — more than enough for another EP — so it could be in the cards that we start working on our first full-length album as well.”