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Listen to Slaughter Beach, Dog’s new album Safe And Also No Fear

Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

When the beloved local band Modern Baseball dissolved two years ago, frontman Jake Ewald’s occasional side project Slaughter Beach, Dog became his main gig, and the project’s rise came with a built-in fanbase of MoBo devotees. But with the release of Slaughter Beach, Dog’s third album, Safe And Also No Fear, this Friday, Ewald taken a bigger leap beyond the emo and pop-punk that defined his old band, and this time it feels like he’s cemented the project as its own fully-established band — and one that’s going to stick around for awhile. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Slaughter Beach, Dog will play First Unitarian Church this fall

Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Philly indie rock outfit Slaughter Beach, Dog returns this summer with their third LP, Safe and Also No Fear, and the band just announced a run of fall tour dates to go with the record. On the homefront, it will play the First Unitarian Church on September 21st, the final date of their first leg of shows. Continue reading →

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Get two tastes of Slaughter Beach, Dog’s new album Safe and Also No Fear

Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Slaughter Beach, Dog — the initially solo alternative-indie project of Modern Baseball guitarist and vocalist Jake Ewald — has announced the release of their third studio album. Safe and Also No Fear won’t be out until August 2nd, but they’ve already released the first two tracks on the LP, “One Down” and “Good Ones”. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Slaughter Beach, Dog and The Sidekicks will make stops in Lancaster and Asbury Park

Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist
Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Slaughter Beach, Dog, the project of Modern Baseball’s Jake Ewald, will head back out on the road next year for a Midwest/East Coast solo tour. While there’s no Philly date on the schedule, Ewald will make two regional stops, playing The Kaleidoscope in Lancaster on March 27 and Asbury Park Brewery on March 28. He’ll be joined by The Sidekicks, also in solo form, for all shows. Continue reading →

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Slaughter Beach, Dog and Thin Lips sweat it out at PhilaMOCA

Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Two great Philly forces combined this past Saturday at PhilaMOCA, where Thin Lips and Slaughter Beach, Dog co-headlined along with opener Queen Jesus. It was a sold-out show coming at the tail-end of a hot summer. Fortunately, these are bands to sweat to. Thin Lips have a classic sensibility about their hooks that you have to move to, with clean riffs and sobering lyrics. Slaughter Beach, Dog, led by former Modern Baseball guitarist Jake Ewald, can play with a crowd instead, going from punk anthems (with a bit of Gibson twang) to solemn folk-inspired jams. Regardless of their duality, the crowd that night seldom could be found not echoing every word from the bands. Continue reading →

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Slaughter Beach, Dog celebrates 20 years of Lucinda Williams’ Car Wheels On A Gravel Road with “Drunken Angel” cover

Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist
Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Lucinda Williams’ seminal 1998 album Car Wheels On A Gravel Road celebrated the 20th anniversary of its release on June 30, so it makes sense that many younger artists have been paying it tribute lately — including Philly’s own Slaughter Beach, Dog, who joined in on the fun with a cover of one of the record’s best tracks, “Drunken Angel.” Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Slaughter Beach, Dog and Thin Lips at PhilaMOCA

Thin Lips | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist // Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Not much beats a stacked double bill of local favorites, and that must be just what Slaughter Beach, Dog had in mind when booking their upcoming tour. It’ll be the band’s first headlining run since last fall, when they released their debut LP Birdie, and for the East Coast leg of the tour, Thin Lips is coming along (the second half of the tour gets Gladie, which is pretty cool, too). The two Lame-O labelmates will join forces at PhilaMOCA on August 25. Continue reading →

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The High Key Portrait Series: Jake Ewald of Slaughter Beach, Dog

Jake Ewald | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.

Jake Ewald would position the dissolution of beloved hometown heroes Modern Baseball more as an indefinite hiatus. One of the most heralded band of recent Philly history, MoBo played three sold-out goodbye-for-now sets at Union Transfer last Fall. Just before that, the below interview was recorded backstage at the inaugural Philadelphia Music Fest, where Ewald played a set with his new project, Slaughter Beach, Dog.

In the time since, Ewald has kept busy touring behind and gigging locally in support of Birdie, the second full-length for that band, and confounding music writers everywhere with Slaughter Beach, Dog’s unanticipated comma. The band trades pop-punk for a more acoustic-centered approach to Ewald’s unique brand of storytelling, and was recorded at his Fishtown studio The Metal Shop, a setup asselmbed with fellow MoBo-er Ian Farmer and Sorority Noise’s Cameron Boucher over the past four or five years, in a space he found on Craigslist. In this interview, we got Ewald’s perspective on straddling the space between one band winding down and another winding up, the scene that he discovered upon moving to Philly six years ago, and the ups and downs of different neighborhoods.

Explore more by reading on, and catch Slaughter Beach, Dog playing a gig on the 23rd of this month, at West Philly spot Hole Foods. Continue reading →

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Lame-O Records announces third annual Rock Residency featuring Cherry, Harmony Woods, Slaughter Beach, Dog and lots more

Cherry | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

Lame-O Records‘ annual Rock Residency benefit series at Boot & Saddle returns for its third year next month, and WOW would you look at that lineup. A Lame-O event never disappoints, but this year they’ve put together an exceptionally stacked roster of labelmates and friends to take over Boot & Saddle every Thursday in January. And it’s all for a good cause — the proceeds from each show will benefit several local charity organizations. Continue reading →