Stella Donnelly is a proud, self-proclaimed shit-stirrer. On lead single 'Old Man', the biting opener of her electrifying debut album, Beware of the Dogs, she targets the song’s titular creep, “Oh are you scared of me old man or are you scared of what I’ll do? You grabbed me with an open hand. The world is grabbing back at you.”
When something needs to be said, whether it’s to an abusive man, a terrible boss, or a clueless significant other, the 26-year old Fremantle, Western Australia-based musician is fearless in telling it like it is. Delivered entirely with a sarcastic wink and full heart, Beware of the Dogs proves across thirteen life-affirming songs the power in sticking up for yourself, your friends and what’s right. The album showcases an artist totally in command of her voice, able to wield her inviting charm and razor-sharp wit into authentically raw songs. It’s a resounding statement of purpose in recent memory and most importantly, it’s a portrait of Donnelly taking charge. She says, “This album made me feel like I was back in the driver’s seat. It was really liberating and grounding to realise that no one can fuck with this except me.”
Limited first pressing on opaque olive vinyl
1. Old Man
3. Season’s Greetings
6. Boys Will Be Boys
10. Beware of the Dogs
11. U Owe Me
12. Watching Telly
13. Face It
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