el_dogSomething good’s been happening recently with Scottish music, and music in general, in that I’ve starting finding bands I like that haven’t disbanded four years ago.

June may have belonged to Frightened Rabbit, but July looks like it might end up belonging to the creature that startled the poor wee bunny in the first place.

El Dog’s debut release, The Lamps of Terrahead, is a very solid piece of work that frequently manages to go in surprising directions just when you think you’ve got it sussed.

Comparisons have been drawn with Muse and Mogwai and while that’s probably true to a point, there are elements of early Placebo, Nada Surf, Death Cab For Cutie and the aforementioned Rabbit thrown in there, too. And what a satisfying mix it is.

Favourites are -00-, Sham Rock and Rebecca’s Spine, but even on first listen my finger was comfortably distant from the skip button.

Looking forward to this puppy providing the soundtrack to the summer.