The two songs on Getaway Dogs’ new 7″ single are not new—they were previously released on the band’s Lost in the Ebb LP. But since the lineup has basically completely changed, leader Kai Killion thought it would be fun to have the current version of the band do some recordings of the songs.
It’s just a taste of what’s to come. The group is hard at work on its long-awaited follow-up full length, which has been in the works since January of this year and is expected to be released in the Spring of 2019.
“There’s a more honed-in sound,” Killion says. “It feels like a progressive step forward for the songwriting. It feels like it’ll be the best body of work that we’ve released yet, and we’re really excited for everyone to hear what we have in store.”
Originally a solo project for Killion, Getaway Dogs became a proper band after he released the album Mermaid Legs and Getaway Dogs in late 2013, and was looking for a way to do the songs justice in a live setting. Now he’s able to incorporate elements like psychedelic soundscapes and Brazilian rhythms. A friend even coined a genre name for it: “cushy bedroom psychedelic bossa nova.”
“It’s nice to have some kind of term to give it. It’s definitely a mix of so many things, and has the coastal element of Santa Cruz as a big part of it—surf rock and reverb and stuff. Also there’s soul and Brazilian music and psychedelic rock heavily in there as well,” Killion says.
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