There’s a well-worn thread tethering the inter-dependencies between frustration and fun rock ‘n’ roll music. It’s an algorithm of emotive human experience that allows the seemingly foiled to sing in defiance of life’s ills, transmogrifying pain into pleasure. So it goes on the EP Real Mood, the latest slice of nuanced pop rock from Portland, Oregon’s Dogheart. Fortunately for the listener, being fed up never sounded so great.

Recorded in just two days in Fall 2015 with Portland engineer Jeff Bond (Anya Marina, Talkative, New Move), Dogheart—guitarist/vocalist Matt Jenkins, bassist Gray Hildreth and drummer Cameron Hering—endeavored Real Mood following the successful release of their 2015 debut full-length, What Burns the Best, a collection of 10 songs culled from some 40 demos brought into Bond’s studio in 2014 shortly after their inception.

“It was weird as a new band to have our first album out and be like, ‘okay, we’re not on tour, we don’t really have enough money to put an album out again,'” explains Hildreth. “So we were in this weird dead time. It was growing pains.”

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