Dogs Don’t Deal debut EP ‘Painting Pictures’ was released on October 2nd. The first song from the EP – Chasing Numbers has already been played on Dean Jackson’s BBC Introducing show and Radio Leicester recently played the second single ‘Fire’.

Dogs Don’t Deal is a musical collaboration, formed during lockdown, between Leicester based singer songwriter Michael Vickers, electronic producer Cobbler and singer Bryony Monkhouse.

Written and recorded during lockdown, Painting Pictures has several different themes; Chasing Numbers sets the scene and introduces the band by talking of the importance of happiness over money and possessions. The next song on the EP, Fire, tells of a night out and the familiar tale of a one night stand, set to Cobbler’s own melody line, but delivered with Vickers’ classic self-loathing take on things, before Monkhouse delivers a seductive vocal in response to the protagonists’ viewpoint. Little Shoes has a memorable beat from the first bar and is about lack of things to do during lockdown, making it instantly relatable. The EP then takes a dark turn, finishing on Crisis In Paradise, a story of depression, which features a haunting acoustic guitar and shouted vocal.

This EP is impossible not to listen to from beginning to end, the strong voice with the brilliant instrumentals makes you feel like you are in a small music venue and haring this being played live to just you. The hooks are strong and grip even when you think you have escaped them. The lyrics in each single capture your attention within seconds and I feel any listener will be able to relate to them.

The EP has a chilled vibe, but each track has a catchy sound you can easily bop along with while still being packed with emotions. The unique sound is magical to hear and will capture your attention and imagination within seconds, this combined with the lyrics and vocals makes this EP so special to hear. Each track in this incredible EP strikes a gorgeous balance between energy and emotion.

This is an EP you need to listen to for yourself to fully appreciate the work and talent in it. There is something so special about this incredible EP you can not put into words to describe it, it’s just a very special EP.

This EP was a joy to listen to, I can’t wait to hear more!

Great job!

10/10

By Ollie Cooper

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