A Dog Named Bob – Malicious Compliance

A Dog Named Bob - Malicious Compliance

6.7/10

What brand of punk-rock oozes from your headphones these days? Is it of the serious “fuck the government” variety, or more pop-ish, silly nonsense? If you’re a fan of the latter, than A Dog Named Bob’s Malicious Compliance is an album for you.

While very far and away from being technically sound, this album answers the hard-hitting questions of today, like is it really okay to punch nazis? Do you need to give two-weeks notice when quitting a job? Or should one accept an invitation to go to space with Tom DeLonge? (Spoilers: yes, no, and yes, respectively.)

Each song is pumped with pop-punk pleasure that has many a good hook hidden inside. While the guitar strumming during the chuga-chuga bits can be sloppy at times, I don’t think Martin Perez (who plays every instrument on all the tracks) was going for a mind-blowing experience. Instead, he settled on the simple and absurdist nature of music and life. While he may lack the finesse that certain musicians have when focusing on a solitary instrument, he more than makes up for it with the energetic gusto he carries across the four instruments he records with. So, kudos to him.

One thing I wasn’t a big fan of was his choice of distortion on the guitar. It’s a very digital sound that I find lacks the raw oomph one gets when running through a straight tube amp. Also, the record is wayyyyy down on the low-fi sound. Like, it sounds like it was recorded by a waving tape machine slowly running out of batteries. That’s not to say it sounds bad, but it’s definitely an acquired taste. What I do really enjoy is the tone of his voice. While not the most prolific a singer, he has a certain je ne sais quoi about his scratchy, dirty delivery.

All in all, not a bad album if you want to listen to some not-too-serious punk. As always, give it a listen and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Written by Aaron Deck
*edited by Kate Erickson

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Once upon a time, there was a boy named Aaron Deck, and he lived in a magical land called Near Halifax. He was quiet and thoughtful (Okay, loud and rambunctious), and learned the wondrous skill of playing piano at the age of 8. Once puberty hit, upon learning that piano isn’t considered ‘cool’, he quickly transferred over to the traditional art of playing Rock ‘n Roll guitar. In 2008, he migrated West to Montreal, where he has played in multiple punk rock bands, including the fantabulous Ol’ School Johnny. He was often not recognized to be part of the band when selling merch. He currently has a horror short story collection out called "14 Needles", available through Amazon. Oh yeah, and he sometimes has really rad living room dance parties.

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