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Window Dogs

Cleveland, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Alternative Rock

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Oct
18
Window Dogs @ Mahall's

Lakewood, Ohio, United States

Lakewood, Ohio, United States

Aug
09
Window Dogs @ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Jul
21
Window Dogs @ Taste of Tremont

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Jul
16
Window Dogs @ Grog Shop

Cleveland Heights, Ohio, United States

Cleveland Heights, Ohio, United States

Jun
14
Window Dogs @ Coda

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Apr
12
Window Dogs @ Stella's Music Club

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Mar
30
Window Dogs @ Westside Bowl

Youngstown, Ohio, United States

Youngstown, Ohio, United States

Mar
29
Window Dogs @ Wonder Bar

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Mar
10
Window Dogs @ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Jan
26
Window Dogs @ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Dec
01
Window Dogs @ Mahall's

Lakewood, Ohio, United States

Lakewood, Ohio, United States

Nov
03
Window Dogs @ Coda

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Sep
21
Window Dogs @ The Foundry Concert Club

Lakewood, Ohio, United States

Lakewood, Ohio, United States

Aug
31
Window Dogs @ The Phantasy Nite Club

Lakewood, Ohio, United States

Lakewood, Ohio, United States

Aug
03
Window Dogs @ Musica

Akron, Ohio, United States

Akron, Ohio, United States

Jul
15
Window Dogs @ Coda

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Jun
09
Window Dogs @ Residence

Westlake, Ohio, United States

Westlake, Ohio, United States

May
05
Window Dogs @ Happy Dog

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Mar
24
Window Dogs @ The Foundry Concert Club

Lakewood, Ohio, United States

Lakewood, Ohio, United States

Mar
09
Window Dogs @ Five O'Clock Lounge

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Feb
16
Window Dogs @ The Winchester

Lakewood, Ohio, United States

Lakewood, Ohio, United States

Jan
19
Window Dogs @ Musica

Akron, Ohio, United States

Akron, Ohio, United States

Dec
15
Window Dogs @ Mahall's

Lakewood, Ohio, United States

Lakewood, Ohio, United States

Nov
25
Window Dogs @ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Nov
05
Window Dogs @ Coda

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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"Hear Cleveland indie-rock band Window Dogs' newest single "Headrest""

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland indie-rock band Window Dogs opens up about some personal issues on its newest song, “Headrest.”

The single, released today, explores singer-guitarist Sean Breeden’s toxic relationship with alcohol. The loud rock song’s lyrics describe Breeden’s awareness of drinking and the problems it has caused in his life.

According to keyboardist-singer Jonathan Khouri, that openness is an important part of Window Dogs’ existence.

“Sean is really a heart-on-his-sleeve dude,” Khouri said. “He’s authentic and what he writes about, his personal struggles – he’s willing to talk about them and grapple with them with us and with our fans. I think that authenticity is just something we pride ourselves on as a band.”
“Headrest” is one of Window Dogs’ heavier songs. It mixes into a sound defined on earlier releases like 2015 EP “Afterlife,” which features both lighthearted folk and dark rock songs. With Window Dogs, it’s not unusual to hear banjo plucks and tambourine slaps, next to slamming guitar riffs and scratchy choruses.

That sound comes from a sandwiching of two former local bands, Eclectic Mayhem and Room 149. Window Dogs formed from the two groups. Breeden and guitarist-banjoist Dan Cooley were members of Room 149, and Khouri, Cooley and bassist Nate Dreher were members of Eclectic Mayhem. They later added drummer Mike Jaworske to round out the lineup.
“Dan Cooley is the common thread," said Khouri. “He was in both of those bands.”

In addition to the “Afterlife” EP, Window Dogs has also put out a handful of singles. Right now, it’s gearing up to release a new EP or full-length album this year.

Window Dogs places an emphasis on keeping its music and production in Northeast Ohio. The group hired local photographer Amber Patrick to take band photos, and commissioned single artwork for “Headrest” from The Bubble Process, a Cleveland design company. The song itself was recorded at Summit Music Studios by Chris Matyus, and it was mixed by E. Bradley Heyden and mastered by Jaworske, the band’s drummer, who own and operate Defunk Studios in Stow, Ohio.

“It’s been cool to keep things local, and still have high-end options,” said Khouri.

The band is continuing its Cleveland-centric attitude with a release show at the Beachland Tavern this Saturday, Jan. 26. The show will also include performances by Columbus rock band The Worn Flints and Akron garage rock group King Buu. You can find more information about the show at the Beachland Tavern’s website. - Anne Nickoloff, Cleveland.com


"Song Premiere: Window Dogs "Go Outside""

November 29, 2018

Soft, subtle, and quirky.

That’s how Cleveland quintet Window Dogs introduces their latest single, “Go Outside”. Cheekily, the band brings in peppy hi-hat hits as the guitar flutters on. Captivatingly wordy, the song starts to truly build as the vocals come onto the scene.

Before you know it, Window Dogs toss that fluttering guitar out the window and hit a raucous nerve with the declarations of, “I wanna go outside today”. As the track wobbles through quiet moments and loud crescendos, the atypical song structure really shines. The whole time, a feeling of uneasiness stirs in the listener, surely intentional on the bands part.

“Go Outside” speaks volumes. For what can be incorrectly boiled down to just a four minute rock number, the track carries a heavy weight of emotion – an emotion that everyone can comprehend – “I just wanna get away from the walls in this place, it always feels like suffocating”.

Window Dogs will be celebrating the release of “Go Outside” on December 1st at Mahall’s 20 Lanes in Lakewood, OH. - Stevie Ervay, PlaylistPlay


"Cleveland Alt-Rockers Window Dogs to Release Debut EP"

A new band featuring members of local rock bands Room 149 and Eclectic Mayhem, Window Dogs play everything from acoustic pop to hard rock. They aim to be both “accessible” and “innovative,” as they put it. They recorded their debut EP, Afterlife, at Defunk Studios in Brook Park; Blake LaGrange handled the mastering at Mercury Mastering in Oceanside, Calif.

“The EP is a unique collection of indie rock songs — with folk/pop tracks (including some banjo) as well as, some heavier alt-rock songs,” says singer-keyboardist Jonathan Khouri. With its heavy guitar riffs and parched vocals, the single, “Time Machine,” has a distinctive garage rock swagger to it. The band performs with Smiley Baldazar and Lowly, the Tree Ghost at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Bevy in Birdtown. Tickets are $10. - Jeff Niesel, Cleveland Scene Magazine


"Window Dogs - Afterlife EP"

Window Dogs
Afterlife EP
self-released; 2015

3.4 out of 5

Window Dogs is a band from Cleveland, OH comprised of Sean Breeden (vocals/guitar), Nate Dreher (bass), Dan Cooley (guitar/banjo/vocals), Mike Jaworske (drums) and Jonathan Khouri (keys/vocals) that recently released a six-song EP entitled Afterlife.

After spending some time with the EP my first thoughts were that the band was versatile. They indulge in rock, some folk, and each song has a pretty distinct feel to it. There were some songs that had a style that seemed to fit them better than others. One of the songs that seemed to be a good fit for the band was the opener “Strouds” which reminded me of Mumford & Sons. It contains a bit of country, bluegrass and that upbeat, hopeful vibe that Mumford & Sons tends to have. “Strouds” is simply a fun, optimistic song and also happens to be one of Breeden’s best vocal performances.

“Time Machine” is a pretty straightforward rocker. The band can rock but I have to admit that I thought the band sounded better when there wasn’t as much distortion. That being said there is a wicked guitar solo and a pretty catchy hook.

I was more than happy with folk/alternative rock of “Looking Glass.” “Looking Glass” doesn't throw you any curveballs but is nonetheless a well written song. Out of all the songs this one felt like it could have come out of the ‘90s. I say that in a good way.

The band rocks out on “Buzzards” and pulls off a number of inventive tricks, for example, the upward ascending then descending guitar parts of jumbling breakdown of bass, drums and vocal harmonies. They close with “Doom Loop” which has a slight Slanted and Enchanted Pavement era vibe. I really enjoyed the way the lead guitar sounded on this song.

Window Dogs is a solid band with a good amount of talent. I thought they sounded best when they melded folk and rock as to a more or less straightforward rock song. The EP isn’t perfect but was an enjoyable listen from beginning to end. I will at the very least be listening to “Strouds” and “Looking Glass” for the foreseeable future. - Ted Rogan, The Even Ground


"Join Cleveland’s WINDOW DOGS as They Power Towards “Stage 4” of the Indie Rock Race [Song Premiere]"

It’s bright and sunny these days, not only outside, but also for Cleveland indie rock band Window Dogs who, today, are debuting their latest single “Stage 4” via yours truly. The release of the song comes in anticipation of the group’s highly-anticipated hometown, headlining show, happening tomorrow, June 14th at Coda Live Music Venue. “Stage 4” is the final single to be released in anticipation of the new full-length album, coming sometime this coming fall. In the meantime, you can save/purchase “Stage 4” and other singles via Spotify, Bandcamp, and SoundCloud.

“Stage 4” is not just any single though, as the song takes on a special meaning for the quintet, particularly lead singer and guitarist Sean Breeden. Breeden’s father recently passed away, after a hard fought battle with cancer and “Stage 4” finds Breeden at home, both literally and figuratively, in that difficult and dark place that so many of us have been in when we lose someone close to us after a fight with a terminal illness. It’s all performed with passion, authenticity, musicality and an uninhibited approach to songwriting, bringing together a story of loss and struggle. It’s heavy stuff, but it’s relatable and something that we can all understand and find special meaning in.

Ok, the time has come. Let’s check out Window Dogs’ latest deep and emotional single, “Stage 4.”

Speaking of the new single, Breeden had this to say: “The writing process for this song was one of the most mentally freeing moments of my life. I had all of these feelings filling me up for a few months since my father passed away in Sept. [2018]. Creativity is a weird thing because in those months I was feeling and thinking about things I had never thought about in my life, but your almost paralyzed and can’t really analyze them. We traveled to Indiana to record songs we had been working on for a while, but I hadn’t finished lyrically. I would try to piece them together in my free time and they were wearing me down. This song was like our ‘extra time’ bonus song in the studio, and for me, I feel like my head finally got to allow things to empty out and it came out just the way I was holding it.

“A lot of what I am saying in this song comes from watching my dad smoke cigarettes his entire life, even after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer - he still smoked them everyday. And I can see now how some of us just need that addiction to get through our daily lives, even if in the long run, it’s going to shorten our time. I also wrote a lot of the song through the viewpoint of my mother, who is now in the aftermath of watching her best friend and soulmate leave her alone on this earth. And for me, that has almost been harder than watching him leave us. A lot of the way we live our lives now is that we are so attached to our phones and that world of not really having to be face-to-face with each other. When you go through loss or tragedy, it’s especially hard because I feel like no one really knows how to talk to each other anymore even when all you need is someone just to be there.”

Led by Breeden, Window Dogs has worked hard to solidify a loyal local fanbase, naturally attracting fans through their impressive, and aggressive, live performances that showcase their gritty form of rock n’ roll, influenced by folk, pop, psychedelia, and alternative rock. It’s all done with a heavy dose of raw energy, and momentum that the band has built up through the release of three previous singles and shows with Dinosaur Pile-Up, Highly Suspect and The Heavy. There’s lots to like about Window Dogs and you can’t help but just be taken in by what you’re hearing.

Upcoming Summer 2019 Tour Dates:

06/14 @ CODA Live Music Venue
07/16 @ Grog Shop w/ Mutts
07/21 @ Taste of Tremont
08/09 @ Beachland Ballroom w/ Jared and the Mill - Christopher Gonda, PureGrainAudio.com


"Band of the Week: Window Dogs"

Band of the Week: Window Dogs
By Jeff Niesel

MEET THE BAND: Sean Breeden (vocals, guitar), Dan Cooley (guitar, banjo), Joey David (drums), Jonathan Khouri (keyboards, vocals) and Brian Thompson (bass)

LANDING WITH NEW LISTENERS: The band formed in 2015 as two other local bands merged and started playing songs that Breeden had written. "We have this dark-folk sound, but it's hard to categorize our music," says Khouri. "I like Umphrey's McGee and Sean [Breeden] likes Manchester Orchestra and Brand New and our guitarist Dan [Cooley] is into different things and likes weirder stuff like Ween and Primus. Brian [Thompson] likes shreddier music like me, and Joey likes punk and then a lot of folk stuff like Mt. Joy. We continue to improve our chemistry, and we touch on different sounds, so we try to bring the energy and have a good time when we're up there playing live. It allows us to connect with everyone out there."

A TEAM EFFORT: The five-piece compiled tracks for its new album, Nexus, after working with a couple different audio engineers and some friends who served as session musicians throughout the process. Half of the tracks were recorded/mixed at Blockhouse Studios in Bloomington, Indiana, with Andy Beargie, while the rest were done locally. Beargie, a Westlake native who went to Indiana University and does both commercial A/V stuff and indie rock music, works out of the former Echo Park Studios, which he recently purchased. "It's a really cool studio, and he's a pro," says Khouri when asked about working with Beargie. "We can just haul out there and work late into the night." The group recorded three tunes locally with Jim Stewart at Superior Sound and two with Mike Jaworske and Brad Heyden at Defunk Studios in Stow. The album was mastered at Cleveland-based Cauliflower Audio. "We pieced it together and a lot of these songs have been live staples, so we really wanted to get them out there," says Khouri.

WHY YOU SHOULD HEAR THEM: "Stage 4" features hoarse vocals and a mix of piano and loud guitars, and "Downward Spirals" possesses a herky-jerk Pavement-like vibe. "Chasing My Tail" features banjo, and the album includes a stripped-down version of "Looking Glass," the band's first single from 2015, The Nexus version features piano, vocals and a full string arrangement performed by friend, former Bloomington resident, and Amsterdam-native Diederik van Wassenaer (the Wonderhills, Dietrich Jon). "We recorded the song with Andy [Beargie], without enough time to add some finishing touches, so Andy sent it to Diederik. We just laid down the pianos and vocals. Diederik put the strings over it, and it sounds great."

WHERE YOU CAN HEAR THEM: windowdogs.bandcamp.com and soundcloud.com/window-dogs

WHERE YOU CAN SEE THEM: Window Dogs performs with AJ & the Woods, Paper Morning and Uptight Sugar at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, at Mahalls 20 Lanes in Lakewood. - Cleveland Scene Magazine


Discography

Nexus (2019)

1.     Nexus (Hole In My Hope)`
2.     Downward Spirals`3.     Stage 4`
4.     2x4s
5.     Go Outside^
6.     Headrest^
7.     Chasing My Tail
8.     Weekend^
9.     Looking Glass (Revisited)*
10.   Ohio

All music written and co-produced by Window Dogs. All lyrics written by Sean Breeden.

1, 2, 3, 8, 9 recorded, mixed and produced by Andy Beargie at Blockhouse Studios in Bloomington, Indiana.

4, 7, 10 recorded, mixed and produced by Jim Stewart of Jim Stewart Recording at Superior Sound Studios in Cleveland, Ohio.

5, 6 recorded by Chris Matyus at Summit Music Studios in Northfield, Ohio; mixed and produced by E. Bradley Heyden at Defunk Studios in Stow, Ohio.

All songs mastered by Adam Boose at Cauliflower Audio in Cleveland, Ohio.

*Violin/Viola and string arrangement by Diederik van Wassenaer.

^ Mike Jaworske on drums; Nate Dreher on bass

` Andy Beargie on drums; Glenn Myers on bass

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Afterlife - EP (2015)

1. Strouds
2. Time Machine
3. Looking Glass
4. Buzzards
5. Space Ghosts
6. Doom Loop 

Recorded at Defunk Studios in Stow, Ohio. 

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Bio

Window Dogs is a dynamic indie rock band from Cleveland, Ohio. The quintet has established a loyal local following and impressed with aggressive live performances that showcase earnest, gritty rock 'n' roll melding folk, psychedelia and alternative rock, with flourishes of musicality and a large helping of raw energy. Window Dogs inventive, uninhibited style is hard to pin down, but easy to identify with. The 5-piece outfit has shared the stage with national & international acts that possess the same raucous stage presence, from grunge bands like DINOSAUR PILE-UP and Grammy nominees Highly Suspect, to U.K. neo-soul legends The Heavy and Nashville surf-rockers *repeat repeat.


Led by singer-songwriter Sean Breeden, the band projects an authenticity that has endeared them to fellow Clevelanders and unsuspecting crowds throughout the Midwest. With 2019, Window Dogs is off to the races in the studio and on the streets, looking to share its engaging, moody sound in new locales throughout the region, where they're guaranteed to leave it all on the stage.

Band Members