PREMIERE: Ernie’s “Dog Park” is lazily strummed, urgently sung indie rock

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Ernie is not a person, it’s a band—an indie-rock trio from Charlotte, North Carolina, to be precise. And their new EP, Dog Park, is not about dog parks in the strictest sense, but if you want to draw some parallels between the illusion of freedom a dog park gives to its inhabitants and the loose structure of Dog Park‘s four songs, all full of lazily strummed indie rock that leans a little bit twee at times and a little bit emo at others, well, be our guest. Today, we’re premiering Dog Park‘s title track—it might start off with a yawn, but it’s the farthest thing from boring. Vocalist/bassist Lamont Brown (formerly of It Looks Sad) explains:

“‘Dog Park’ is about realizing you can’t help everyone or fix every situation and letting everything take its course—basically knowing you have to sit back and let things resolve themselves as much as it kills you to want to try to fix everything.”

Ernie’s Dog Park will be released November 20 via Soft Speak Records and can be pre-ordered here.

Ernie has a handful of regional shows booked this November:

Nov. 13th Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor w/ Haybaby & Grace Joyner
Nov. 28th Greensboro, NC @ The Crown w/ Idavell (Album release), Torch Runner & Totally Slow