Formed in high school in Houston by the friendship of Sabrina Ellis (vocals), Andrew Cashen (vocals, guitar) and Orville Neely (drums), Austin's A Giant Dog are quickly becoming a band to watch. The trio kicked things off by covering the likes of Joan Jett, The Ramones, AC/DC and the best one of all by covering the finer points of the Back to the Future soundtrack at school dances under the moniker Youth In Asia. After reuniting in Austin in 2008, the band then came to full form with the addition of guitarist Andy Bauer and bassist Graham Low.
With a huge reputation in Austin built from their electrifying live shows, AGD cites influences of their sound from Mark Bolan to Alice Cooper, and frontwoman Sabrina bring an even more electrifying energy to stage with her presence that is said to be like a mix of Iggy Pop and Tina Turner. The band recently released their third LP Pile on Merge Records, with the album focusing on factors like divorce, frustration, getting older and trying to get by the mess through the power of rock N roll. AGD are currently on their first ever Europe/UK Tour and we're delighted to put them on for their debut London show.
Ahead of their show tonight at The Waiting Room, we got to speak to vocalist and guitarist Andrew about how the ride has been for the band the past year. You can read more about it below.
Pile is available to purchase through Merge Records here