Stella Donnelly announces debut album, Beware of the Dogs, shares “Old Man”: Stream

Self-proclaimed "shit-stirrer" calls out creeps and racists on first-ever full-length

Stella Donnelly, photo by Pooneh Ghana beware the dogs old man stream
Stella Donnelly, photo by Pooneh Ghana

Stella Donnelly made a splash with her 2018 debut EP, Thrush Metal. Now, the Western Australia native is gearing up to drop her first full-length album via esteemed indie label Secretly Canadian.

Titled Beware of the Dogs, the effort was recorded last June with assistance from producer Dean Tuza. In the studio, Donnelly assembled a backing band comprised of her best friends: Jennifer Aslett (bass), Talya Valenti (drums), and George Foster (guitar).

The forthcoming LP extends the sounds first explored on Thrush Metal, but sees Donnelly taking a more brazen stand: She is not one to be messed with. Through the album’s 13 tracks, the self-proclaimed “shit-stirrer” fearlessly calls out the racists, creeps, and oppressors that litter her life. And in the process, Donnelly reclaims her own sense of power and freedom.

“This album made me feel like I was back in the driver’s seat,” the 26-year-old remarked in a press statement. “It was really liberating and grounding to realize that no one can fuck with this except me.”

Our first taste of Beware of the Dogs comes with opening track “Old Man”. Although infused with warm melodies, it’s a song whose message packs a sharp bite aimed at gross, exploitative men. “Boy, if you touch her again, I’ll tell your wife and your kids about that time,” Donnelly sings. According to the rising songwriter, the track came to her while reflecting on Woody Allen and his troublesome comments regarding the #MeToo movement:

“I came up with the chords and chorus to this song in 2017 around the time when Woody Allen called the #MeToo movement a witch hunt. It was a very strange feeling for me watching the world change right before my eyes and to see that these men who had exploited their power for so long were actually being held accountable for their actions. It made me look back on my experiences as a young woman doing music and certain powerful men who tried to manipulate me and exploit other young women. I needed to write this song for myself because if I hadn’t I would still feel quite angry about things that I probably let slide in my younger, more naive days. I have no intentions of publicly calling out these people but it’s a nice feeling to me knowing that they may hear this song one day and feel perhaps an inch of the humiliation and powerlessness that they inflicted on me back then.”

Check out “Old Man” below via its Fiona Jane Burgess-directed music video.

Beware of the Dogs arrives March 8th. Pre-orders have begun here.

Beware of the Dogs Artwork:

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Beware of the Dogs Tracklist:
01. Old Man
02. Mosquito
03. Season’s Greetings
04. Allergies
05. Tricks
06. Boys Will Be Boys
07. Lunch
08. Bistro
09. Die
10. Beware of the Dogs
11. U Owe Me
12. Watching Telly
13. Face It

Donnelly will promote her new album with a lengthy spring tour across North America and Europe.

Stella Donnelly 2019 Tour Dates:
03/15 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall #
03/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s #
03/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade #
03/20 – Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom #
03/22 – Somerville, MA @ ONCE Ballroom #
03/23 – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo #
03/24 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel #
03/25 – Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx #
03/27 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups #
03/28 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop #
03/29 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas #
03/30 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club #
04/02 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza #
04/03 – Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall #
04/05 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord #
04/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater #
04/11 – Berlin, DE @ Badehaus
04/12 – Hamburg, DE @ Skybar
04/13 – Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown
04/15 – Cologne, DE @ Yuca
04/16 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
04/17 – Amiens, FR @ La Lune Des Pirates *
04/18 – Paris, FR @ Le Pop Up Du Label
04/23 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
04/24 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
04/25 – Southampton, UK @ Joiners
04/27 – Brighton, UK @ Haunt
04/28 – Manchester, UK @ Yes
04/29 – Dublin, IE @ Grand Social
05/01 – Glasgow, UK @ The Blue Arrow
05/02 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Community Room
05/04 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Sound City
05/05 – Nottingham, UK @ Bodega
05/07 – London, UK @ Scala

# = w/ Faye Webster
* = w/ Yak