Doggo - Hotel Carlyle Review

Straight out of Philadelphia, Doggo has been working their way into the scene - up and coming, and a refreshing change of pace in a saturated DIY scene. Their most recent release, Hotel Carlyle, is the culmination of 8 months of hard work - a 9-track debut full length. 

With Mike Pinto (Guitar & Vocals), Brian Weglicki (bass), and Miles Ziskind (Drums), you've got a collaborative effort that stacks together hard hitting, fundamentally 'rock' instrumentals, a more emo-punk lyricism, and then this kind of eclectic narration via laced in voice overs, vocal layers and stereo effects!

Released on March 7th, Doggo's album Hotel Carlyle was tracked, mixed, and produced by Lev Ziskind at Quartz Club Recordings, and mastered by Dan Anderson. Check out the tracklist for Hotel Carlyle below to keep up to speed as we move on!

Hotel Carlyle Tracklist:
1. Carl
2. Scully
3. Jesus Iverson
4. Rum Beans
5. Lobotomy
6. Yacht Bois (2016)
7. Monday Nite Raw(r) xD lol
8. Thin Lizzards
9. Talker



Hotel Carlyle caught my attention in two ways: the track titles are fun and original™, and none of the tracks are over 3 minutes. That's a lot of expectation before even listening to a song, and rest assured Doggo doesn't disappoint.

Opening track "Carl" thrusts the listener into Doggo's frame of mind - a quick drop into a heavy instrumental kick back, and vocals reminiscent of current DIY punk aesthetic, but definitely a little bit emo. The following tracks are similar in range and style, of course you've got "Scully" for all of you X-File nerds - and you're going to be hearing that layering of sound effects to accompany and enhance the tracks. I'm really into "Scully" what can I say.

"Jesus Iverson" is a quick little interlude, followed by "Rum Beans" and "Lobotomy." And then of course the rest of the album fills out your listening, and all-in-all I was impressed by my experience. Hotel Carlyle is a really solid EP, one that flows well together lyrically and musically. I really enjoyed tracks like "Talker" and "Yacht Bois (2016)."

Check out "Yacht Bois (2016)" below!

A slight confession and criticism of the album I'd like to make is just more diversity - which is probably what everyone says, but a lot of the tracks flowed so well together because they sounded like one another. Which, of course, isn't a huge deal - it just means in the future, I'm curious as to what Doggo has to offer for fans? They have a great sound, one that is precise and tight in presentation, but what can they offer to listeners in the future that will draw them back in?

If you're interested in some really solid emo-punk, alt-rock, Doggo is probably a really good fit for you. Born in the DIY scene of Philly, they sport all of the things you love about the scene - and it's not just sad boys (not that we don't like that) screaming in your face. The Hook approves Hotel Carlyle from Doggo, and we're excited what the future has to offer!

For more on Doggo, check out their social media links below!

Doggo: Facebook // Twitter // Bandcamp