Dogface and the Pony Soldiers – ‘No Better Time’


No Better Time is the new album from Dogface and the Pony Soldiers, a solo project based in Phoenix, Arizona. Sean McCauley’s songwriting excels with a melodic rock pull, often expanding from lush acoustic adornments into hooky rises. The album’s inspiration takes inspiration from the quest for peace and purpose, in a tumultuous and constantly shifting world.

“Fear is fading,” the vocals let out amidst jangly guitars on “Eyes Open.” “Fear, it binds me to myself.” This melodic sequence showcases a thematic strength throughout the release, focusing on personal introspection in the recognition of fear and anxiety as a result of personal and worldly crises. “No Better Time” also enamors, with a charmingly lush power-pop demeanor with shades of Teenage Fanclub; the “there is no better time,” hook is delectably replay-inducing.

No Better Time is a melodic and lyrically relatable display from Dogface and the Pony Soldiers. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Premier Studios in Phoenix by Jeremy Parker.

“No Better Time” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of July 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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