The Sundogs’ ‘Legends In Their Own Minds’ filled to the brim with musical chill
Some have buckets of it pouring out of their ears, while others are sorely lacking. It can be futile trying to put your finger on what defines someone who’s chilled out, but you know it when you see it, or hear it.
The Seattle-based group The Sundogs have some of the most laid-back, chillaxed songs I’ve heard in quite a while on their new album ” Legends In Their Own Minds.”
With a sound that mixes blues, jazz and pop rock from the late 70’s and 80’s, each of the tracks have that certain “it” factor that makes it hard to stop listening to.
The album kicks off with the upbeat “Fallen Hero.” The instrumentation complements the vocals and vice versa, and the hook keeps the track cooking with the lyrics “fire and ice are in your blood, dead or alive it’s not enough. You’re a fallen hero.”
With a touch of Tom Petty mixed with Steely Dan, it’s perfect dad rock that would be welcome on any classic rock station in the country.
Most of the songs will have your head bobbing, fingers snapping and grooving to the melody. It’s a perfect album to put on after a stressful day at work, school or any other tense situation life throws at you. Put on this album and let it play from start to finish and you’ll have a much more calm energy surrounding you.
The Sundogs are Stan Snow and Jed Moffitt along with a collection of studio musicians that offer background support.
According to their official release material, they say their music is “inspired by the days of classic rock and jazz fusion, recorded and filmed by
Snow and Moffitt, who have lived a storied music career. Growing up in the backwater neighborhoods of Fremont, Calif., they honed their songwriting, production and musicianship to a point where now, a few years later, they are releasing their second album.”
Snow’s guitar playing has been influenced by Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Michael Hedges, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Pat Metheny, Steve Morse, Lee Ritenour, Steve Howe, Carlos Santana, Chuck Berry, BB King and Eric Clapton.
While Moffitt’s keyboard playing has been influenced by Bill Evans, Bruce Hornsby, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, Oscar Peterson, Lyle Mays, Bud Powell, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Brad Mehldau, Larry Goldings, Benmont Tench and Roy Bittan.
What seals the album as a solid piece of art above just the musical magic is the attention to detail. For instance on the song “Johnny” they pipe in helicopter and siren sounds to match the lyrics mentioning them without distracting from the flow of the song.
They’re also talented songwriters as each track was written and produced by both of them. It’s a strong album and one that you’ll be giving multiple listens, especially if you’re a fan of similar artists/bands as Tom Petty, Steely Dan, Rolling Stones, Pete Townshend, Paul Simon, and Mark Knopfler.