A Giant Dog Credit: Sean Daigle

Austin’s A Giant Dog are the type of band that shouldn’t stand out as much as they do. The five-piece, whose lineup at one point featured Texas garage-rock wunderkind Orville Neeley (OBN IIIs, Bad Sports, etc) on drums, play straightforward, no-frills, punky rock ’n’ roll. Nothing fancy, nothing special, they hammer through tracks with rock-solid confidence that rivals the garage-rock greats. “Photograph,” the first single from next month’s Toy (Merge), hints at what could just be their best record yet. Kicking the beat up a little while featuring superhooky but more complex vocal interplay between lead singer Sabrina Ellis and guitarist Andrew Cashen, the song adds a slightly more colorful flare to A Giant Dog’s no-nonsense formula. They’ve been on a roll over the past few years, and now there’s fresh proof they won’t be slowing down anytime soon.   v