While Fox may give newbies an awesome entry point into the band, Dogleg’s debut full-length Melee lives up to the hope that the video inspires. Heartfelt yet focused, jaunty but meaningful, the album strikes a sweet spot of which so many punk bands only dream. Whether it’s the immediate crash of Bueno or the dreamy jangling of Wartortle, every song on Melee brings a resonant dose of humanity that almost always ends in a gutting crescendo. In this way, every one of Melee's ten tracks delivers exactly what the listener wants.
“We spent way longer on these songs and tried to very meticulously put them together,” says Alex. “We're extremely proud of how they ended up coming out, and we feel like it definitely represents us better than the EPs online. We love the EP songs, but we just play them much differently live and we prefer the live versions way more. Fans can expect some darker lyrics, orchestral sections, and an overall higher attention to detail with Melee.”
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Unsure where we got the Dogleg shirt we’re currently wearing, we asked Alex about how his former bedroom band has become such a much-needed kick in the ass for modern punk.
1) If you had to play a newcomer one Dogleg song to introduce them to the band, what would it be and why?
For a quick song, Fox. For a longer song, probably Modern Language. Both of those songs go through all of our different sides and show off the majority of our dynamics as a band.