The Griswolds – Beware the Dog

Song: Beware the Dog by The Griswolds

Genre: Indie-Rock

Mood: Good Vibes

About the Music: This group is from Sydney, Australia and has been compared to bands like Vampire Weekend. They named the band after the main family in the 1980’s movie series National Lampoon’s Vacation with Chevy Chase – which goes along with their 80’s inspired sound. Shout out to my friend Josh who recommended the song to me – I really like it.

Although this song is upbeat and fun, the lyrics have a deeper and unexpected meaning.

“… It’s about losing someone we were really close with to heavy drug use. ‘Beware the Dog’ is about that journey – the good and the bad times.” – Explanation of the song by vocalist Chris Whitehall

Aside from making me want to dance, I like that this song has a personal connection to the band. In life, you have to take the bad with the good. Some people can’t shake it, some people pretend it never happened and others look back, reminisce and learn from it.  I think that the latter is what they did; they took something that was difficult in their lives and transformed it using what they know and love – music. Not to mention, it’s pretty catchy.

If you want to hear more, check them out! Their album Be Impressive was released August 22, 2014.





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