Day 9: Quaildogs – The Getting Old Factory
Another day another album is ready to be added to Chris’ 31 Days of Music. The home stretch is upon us as we enter single digits with the Quaildogs on Day 9 and their first full length record The Getting Old Factory.
Once evicted from the comfy confines of our mother’s womb we all begin the race with father time. Growing older is a part of life that everyone has to deal with and we all deal with it differently. On their debut record – The Getting Old Factory – the Quaildogs gracefully tackle aging head on.
Mixing equal parts country, rock, and folk the Georgia band delivers exuberant music that is not only enjoyable to the ears but loaded with deep personable lyrics that sometimes get overlooked. The songs on The Getting Old Factory peel back the blinders and take a hard look into how people handle life as they push closer towards the grave. The Quaildogs look at a variety of events in one’s life creating stories that many listeners can relate to. The jangly tune “Reunion” is about just that, a reunion. Some revel in them, some despise them and others ignore them. This song examines the changes people go through during the time they graduate. Another big event is a wedding and the “Wedding Song” tackles that but not in the way you would think. The duet is a perfect mix of Rob Josephs’ and Rachel Buckley’s (Book Club) vocals that invites listeners into the world of weddings from a single person’s perspective. Neither have what married couples have but for one night they avoid loneliness with each other. “The World Still Looks the Same” gives listeners everything they need to understand the Quaildog’s music. Folksy vibes and sweet country twang evolve into a bold rocking track about hiding from a changing world. Other songs such as “Why Bother” “Funnel Cloud” and “The Getting Old Factory” show off the Quaildogs musical and lyrical abilities but one song that truly stands out has to be “Sweet B”. This tune is the Quaildogs at their finest. The fusion of country and rock gives listeners the best of both worlds. Lyrics about home, the road and loved ones are punctuated by brooding guitars and Lee Berg’s driving bass line.
The Getting Old Factory finds the Quaildogs in a comfortable place. The band has assembled a record loaded with songs that will have some sort of an effect on listeners. When looking back on life some embrace it, some ignore it and others fear it the Getting Old Factory will illicit all or more of these feelings. From start to finish there are no weak spots on this record. Each song brings something good to the table but when they are listened to as a whole they become something special. The Getting Old Factory just gets better with each listen and will be one of those albums that you always return to through the years.
31 Days of Music
Day 9 – Quaildogs – The Getting Old Factory
Day 10 – Blackfoot Gypsies – Handle It
Day 11 – Sydney Eloise & the Palms – Faces
Day 12 – Cedric Burnside Project – Descendants of Hill Country
Day 13 – Bohannons – Black Cross, Black Shield
Day 14 – Feral – Automatic Biters
Day 15 – Futurebirds – Hotel Parties
Day 16 – Ike Reilly – Born on Fire
Day 17 – Blue Blood – This Is The Life
Day 18 – Patrick Sweany – Daytime Turned to Nighttime
Day 19 – Mark Utley’s Bulletville – Bulletville
Day 20 – Porter – This Red Mountain
Day 21 – Left Lane Cruiser – Dirty Spliff Blues
Day 22 – Leon – Bridges
Day 23 – Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Ruffian’s Misfortune
Day 24 – Kent Goolsby & the Gold Standard – No Substitute for Handsome
Day 25 – Tedo Stone – Marshes
Day 26 – The Mountain Goats – Beat the Champ
Day 27 – American Aquarium – Wolves
Day 28 – Strange Majik – Lights On
Day 29 – Banditos – Banditos
Day 30 – The Juliana Hatfield Three – Whatever, My Love
Day 31 – Barrence Whitfield & the Savages – Under the Savage Sky