Written over the course of 2016 and 2017 and recorded in the summer of the latter year by Frances Quinlan (songwriter/vocalist/rhythm guitar), Tyler Long (bass), Joe Reinhart (guitar), and Mark Quinlan (drums), Bark Your Head Off, Dog addresses disappointment, particularly in mans misuse of power, and relates accounts from the periphery – ones attempts to retreat from the lengthening shadows of tyrants, both historical and everyday. It considers what its like to cast off longheld and misguided perceptions, yet without the assurance of knowing what new ones will replace them. Much like on Hop Alongs first and second records, Get Disowned and Painted Shut, Quinlan seeks in real time to work through these issues.
With three drummers, electric guitar, and Highland pipes, Saor Patrol can make a big noise – and here they let out all the stops and do just that. With the Gibson on full distort, they manage to come across as distinctly fearsome, although over the course of a full album it ends up as repetitive, with only a few real variations like "Badholly" (using the hambone rhythm) seeming strikingly different. It's probably far more effective in concert, where the sound and spectacle would be overwhelming, but in the cleaner sonic space of the studio it can't quite work its magic so well. Two Headed Dog - Duncarron Electric: Scottish pipes & drums untamed - with the addition of powerful electric guitar and bass arrangements. This is the hard rock version of Saor Patrol’s album “Duncarron” (not all songs are the same).