Released by Sub Pop Records back on June 25th, The Sun Dogs is the debut effort from the Seattle, WA-based septet, Rose Windows and it may well put the band and it’s lead singer Rabia Qazi on the national stage. The first single from the album “Wartime Lovers” was a haunting and gorgeous track that sounded as though it could have easily been recorded and released during the summer of 1967, and it helps that Qazi’s voice bears an uncanny resemblance to Grace Slick – a husky, sincere croon that manages to be seductive.
“Native Dreams” is the latest single off the band’s debut, and it sounds as though it incorporates elements of the Doors, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull as well as Persian, Indian and Eastern European music, creating an intricate, deeply layered sound with some hard hitting power chords. It kicks ass in a very visceral way. However, lyrically the material is dark and brooding and has some surreal, disturbing imagery.