For the dogs and birds

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BRATTLEBORO — The Edd will be playing selections from its back catalog and two albums currently in the making when the band returns to The Stone Church on Saturday, Sept. 7.

"The Dogs of Life" has been written over the last approximately five years and features a little more singing than in tunes previously written by the band.

"It's all songs about dogs," said Greg Domina, bass guitarist and one of the vocalists for The Edd. "Progressive rock songs in a similar style to our others."

Most of the compositions on the sophomore effort are about his two huskies. But others are about dogs in general. For instance, "I Like Dogs" is about how Domina has an easier time connecting with dogs than with most humans. During the interview, he was calling from a place in Elmore where he was house sitting with his girlfriend for a man who owns 21 huskies.

The idea for the album came after Domina wrote a tune about his huskies. He said he began thinking about how he enjoys songs in which people sing about dogs but how they mostly were confined to country or bluegrass genres.

"That's not really my songwriting style at all," he said. "I write really abstract tunes for sure."

The band also is working on a funk album. Domina called the tunes "a totally different side of our style."

"We haven't really come up with a name for that one yet," he said. "Something with birds because all the songs have to do with birds."

The Stone Church show is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. It follows one in Burlington the night before.

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"We haven't done much in a while," said Domina. "We're packing in shows this weekend."

The band has been busy recording and writing, not performing.

"So this will be fun," said Domina.

Skunk Sessions will open the show. Tickets are $15 at the door and $12 in advance at stonechurchvt.com.

KTR Lighting will join The Edd, providing what Domina describes as "a kind of ominous" light show. He said the stage is kept very dark, with little light directed at the band but a lot of focus on moving beams.

The Burlington-based progressive, psychedelic rock quartet first formed in Windham County. Domina and drummer Dominic Metcalfe are still in the band, which has held a steady lineup since 2011.

"We played throughout middle school and high school as that group," Domina said. "But once we moved up to Burlington, it kind of morphed into what it is now."

Domina is from East Dover. Metcalfe is from Whitingham. His father owns Vermont Distillers on Hogback Mountain in Marlboro.

Domina said the band hopes to go on a short East Coast tour this winter and is talking about doing some shows — and skiing — in Colorado.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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