If you had to guess an album that Austin's high-octane rockers A Giant Dog would cover in full....maybe you'd guess Jailbreak? Kimono My House? Germfree Adolescents? Something that'd fit their influence & general don’t-give-a-damn glam/punk rock aesthetic, right? Nah....
AGD have thrown a curveball here with a sprawling punk re-imagining of Neon Bible, 2007's sophomore effort from Merge alumni Arcade Fire. Don't let the album art fool ya here, the band take their interpretation seriously, adding heavy glam angst & blankets of bewildering fuzz to Arcade Fire’s critically lauded (and already angsty) art-rock compositions. Vocalist Sabrina Ellis had the following to say about the choice:
“Andrew insisted we take on Neon Bible because he believed we could do something cool and unique with it. Throughout the process, we learned that Neon Bible is a great album, that Arcade Fire made it with thematic focus and a cohesive sound. These discoveries will certainly influence our next AGD record.
We found our own groove on each song during two five-hour rehearsals in my living room, then went to studio with Stuart Sikes. The themes in the album, of outrage at U.S. leadership in the early 2000s, and a need to escape our social climate, sadly, remain pertinent today.
Recording a cover album, we felt like actors in a movie. Taking someone else’s lines and embodying those emotions, and expressing those ideas through our own selves, made us portals of human expression... and that’s why the album artwork is an open butthole.*