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Fort Collins, Colorado, United States | SELF

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States | SELF
Band Rock Alternative


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"I got tired" demo recorded October 17, 2010 at Seldom Fed Productions in Fort Collins, CO. Engineered by Chris Kennison. Features the tracks "I got tired" and "Living in Hell"




The band's name is derived from the fifth chapter of the Tao Te Ching. "Heaven and earth are not humane and regard the people as straw dogs." The straw dog was a ceremonial object of sacrifice used throughout ancient China. It was treated with immense respect and compassion before it was burned and its remains were thrown in the street. All things are to be destroyed after they have served their purpose. The Straw Dog is a mascot for humanity, and that is why we have chosen the name and kept it singular and united. It was not born out of love and was not killed out of hate. A similar idea is expressed by Shakespeare: "As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport."

Sounds Like:
Pavement, others have said Modest Mouse, and once, a very kind person said it's the kind of music Johnny Cash would write if he were young today.

The Music:
The Straw Dog creates a sound that is outwardly Midwestern. The songs are structured around simple melodies and chord changes reminiscent of early rock 'n' roll and country/western music. In fact, all songs are written as solo acoustic pieces; it's not until the entire band gets a hold of a tune does it emerge in its true and destined form. Drummer Spoonie Frye's rhythm stems from a background in orchestra, jazz, and marching; a combination which allows him to play anything but the standard simple-minded rock beat. Bob Shipton is a puppeteer and the listener his marionette. The energy in the four strings of his bass allow the audience to move and contort in ways they not thought possible. Guitarists Tim Massa and Will Jefferies share lead and rhythm roles. There are no guitar solos, only well crafted melodies that generally serve as the songs hooks. Massa and Shipton switch off on lead vocals, and although neither are the strongest singers, they more than make up for this with their honest tone. While Massa's resonant drawl can send chills down your spine, Shipton takes the opposite approach, charmingly belting his lyrics, and it is all fused together with Jefferies' courageous harmonies.

Bob Shipton is 26 years old, married, and has a two-year-old son.
Tim Massa is 25 years old, single, and has a twenty one month old daughter.
Spoonie Frye is 25 years old, single, and enrolled at CU-Boulder.
Will Jefferies is 19 years old, single, and enrolled at Front Range Community College.