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Curbdogs: Savannah natives get in the groove at Stopover

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Curbdogs: Savannah natives get in the groove at Stopover

03 Mar 2016

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Curbdogs have no pedigree.

Their sound is not easily recognizable and they do not fall under any specific genre.

The band members are all Savannah natives who have been involved with the local music scene for years, playing in other bands around town before forming Curbdogs. They have also contributed to the Savannah scene’s list of scattered and unorthodox underground venues.

Max Buckner, lead singer and guitarist, hosted shows in his basement and even formed his own opening act for Muuy Biien in what was known as The Furnace, where Curbdogs began practicing.

Curbdogs is rounded out by James Chapman on guitar, Coy Campbell on bass and Luis Salazar on drums.

Some would call them garage rock. Some would call them rock-pop. Some would call them groovy, psychedelic, punk — the list goes on.

“We are a very mainstream, experimental sounding band,” Buckner says. “We only have three songs where the lyrics don’t change. Most of the time, I make up different words every time we play. Our songs and energy are concerned with emotion and removing barriers between the audience and myself.

“I want to act as a conduit for the music.”

Buckner’s fuzzy yet straightforward rock ‘n’ roll progressions set the stage on which Chapman’s melodies dance. His Fender Jazzmaster, bright, glassy and overdriven — with a dash of reverb from his Fender Hot Rod Deluxe — blends with Campbell’s melodic bass lines to expand the room. Salazar delivers the build and drive, heating the chill with his intensity to form a brightly burning ember.

While their tunes may not be best for moshing, they get your feet moving. They are a high-energy band, but guitars are not smashed. Their presence is strong, but not bombastic.

“Our music is chill and very laid-back, but groovy, too. I definitely see people dancing at our shows,” Buckner says.

Their unique sound may be due to the fact that everyone in the band has either started out with a different instrument or experiments with others on the side. Campbell is also trained to play the upright bass.

Some of Buckner’s inspirations are The Clean, Dinosaur Junior, Weezer and The Beach Boys, which all leave traces of their sound in Curbdogs.

Look for their full album to be released through local label Furious Hooves within the next year.

Curbdogs will perform during Stopover at 2 p.m. March 12 at Congress Street Social Club