Album Review by: Rachael Daughters "DJ Peaches" I recently was invited to go see The Slaps at Kilby Court with one of my friends. Sheloves The Slaps and is good friends with them, so I figured “What the heck, I’ll go, I’ll see whatthey’re about”. When I went to Kilby, they had three bands: Mopsy, Manwolves, and The Slaps.I actually quite enjoyed what I heard of all three, but Manwolves stuck with me specifically. They had a lot of people on stage (coming in at five members, which is no small feat on theKilby Court stage), which made them stick out from the other two bands, who only had threemembers. I thought they brought a really friendly energy to the concert; the lead singer made itfeel like he was just one of the guys. They also brought a more indie rock feel to the vibes thanthe other bands, which focused more on indie. Because of the unusualness of the band in thatsetting, I decided to pursue their newest album, 3rd Dog, for review. 3rd Dog is not the traditional indie rock album I expected to hear after seeing them live. Iwasn’t expecting pure indie, but that’s what I found. Gentle drums with unedited vocals, twangyguitar, the works. However, Manwolves really shines when they focus on the instrumentals, with“Birds on a Wire” (a purely instrumental track that starts the album off beautifully), “Don’t KillMoths” (vocals over an enchanting synthesizer in the back, telling the story from the point of aview of a moth struggling with its self-identity), and “Untitled” (the synthesizer is back withdrums featured more prominently, and a string like sound plucking its way through the song). It feels like the band alternates between these gorgeous songs where they focus all theirenergy into the instrumentals (that pays off) and traditional indie songs, that sound similar to Mac Demarco. I think this album would've struck a chord with me more if i didn't feel such a disconnect between the band I saw live and the band I listened to. Click HERE to listen to the album!