This is not my first Sundogs album!! Last year Sundogs released “Legends in Their Own Minds,” wicth was pretty wonderful, especially if you enjoy excellent arrangements, beautiful musicianship and songs full of life lessons and sardonic hilarity. “The Code” is more of the same, not that it’s repetitive at all. Just great songs, brilliantly produced and played. Inventive lyrics, strong, sarcastic vocals and the kind of self-effacing humor and inquisitive subject matter that I thoroughly enjoy, musically or otherwise.
The band has been evolving over their three albums, Stan Snow and Jed Moffitt, the core of the group, have discovered the secret to life the universe and indeed everything – do what you love, exactly the way you want to and bloody well enjoy it. That obvious enjoyment translates perfectly into this warm, inclusive and truly wonderful album.
If you like Leonard Cohen, Tom Petty or Pink Floyd then Sundogs is right up your alley. There’s soul to their music and they keep their promises musically with songs that melodically rock and roll. They brought in some truly legendary musicians on this album. Alan White (YES, John Lennon) plays drums on a song and Ben Smith (Heart) plays drums on a couple as well….not too shabby!
These guys love what they do, they spin their tales with tenderness and eloquence and no regrets. “Jennifer” is my favorite, but it was hard to pick just one if I’m honest. I’d love to see them live, if we are ever allowed to see people in the actual flesh again. But here’s hoping!!
Watch the music video for “I Want It Now”
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Stan Snow: vocals, guitars, bass, piano (9,11), producer, songwriter 1, 3-7,9-12
Jed Moffitt: vocals, keyboards, co-producer, songwriter 2,4,6,8,11,12
Mike Stone: drums 1-3,5,7,9,11,12
Ben Smith: drums 4,6,8
Alan White: drums 10
Jazmin Candia: backing vocals 2-9, 11
Eric Patterson: horn arrangements 2,12; tenor sax 2
Javier Gonzalez: trumpets 2,12
Don Gunn: engineering, mixing, mastering