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(Great Escape 2011!) Live Review: Dog is Dead at Jubilee Square (Relentless street gig) – 13th May 2011

 
By on Thursday, 26th May 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

Nottingham five-piece Dog is Dead were only told an hour and a half hours before the gig that they would be playing at the Relentless stage in Jubilee Square. Their sound was one that was perfectly suited to the outdoor setting: the beautiful folk-inspired melodies drifted brilliantly over Jubilee Square as the sunshine grew brighter around us. Their harmonies really gave some added oomph to their occasionally flat sound, but tune ‘I Get Used to It’ redeemed the band.

The band joked about marketing Relentless since they were on the stage; however, their occasional banter didn’t distract from a good little surprise set by a band who could easily with a few more catchy tunes really take off. This 15-minute set highlighted lead singer Joss Van Wilder’s strength when constructing catchy indie pop tunes. Their tunes have already attracted some real interest from Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq, so who knows – we could be hearing a lot more of these boys very soon.

 

Video of the Moment #397: Dog is Dead

 
By on Wednesday, 2nd February 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Notts band Dog is Dead is releasing a new single, ‘River Jordan’, on 28 February on their own label Your Childhood Records. The classic harmonies we’re familiar with from their previous songs ‘Motel’ (free mp3 here) and ‘Zoo’ (free mp3 here) are alive and well in this one, I’m happy to report.

Also, if you’re an avid watcher of E4’s ‘Skins’, I have good news for you: Dog is Dead is scheduled to perform on the last episode of the last series of the show. There you go!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onHysgdYpHg[/youtube]

 

Interview: Dog is Dead

 
By on Wednesday, 13th October 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

Questions by Kevin Angel

The blokes from Nottingham’s Dog is Dead were kind enough to answer some questions we forwarded on to them. They recently released a new single, ‘Young’ (read Mary Beth’s review of it here), and have a date tonight at Manchester’s Mint Lounge. The quintet tells us about their sound and their busy summer, as you shall read below…

How did the band form?
Well, 4 of us were good friends from a young age from school and various activities; we met the other one at a play rehearsal.

Was this the first musical project for the band?
I used to play in a rock n’ roll band when I was 13, two of the other guys played in a terrible band called Oh Henry that mainly played covers apart from original songs with two chords or so. The two bands would play at the school talent show.

Did it take long for the groups sound to come together or did it all just form organically?

Our sound is constantly developing, what you’re hearing now is nothing like what we were doing back then. It was organic in its formation but aspects such as harmonies or general musicianship took a while to kick in.

Your sound seems to be such a combination of different musical styles, who are your influences?
There are too many pop bands, punk bands, rock bands to list.

You guys are from Nottingham, has Nottingham or the scene influenced you in anyway?
Yeah, definitely, Nottingham has always been behind us, there are some real kind-hearted people involved in music here and that’s helped undoubtedly. There have been a number of exciting young bands that we’ve grown musically with too.

Your sound is predominantly pop, was that always the intention?

Yeah, we’re not scared of being a pop band. I love pop music, I don’t think we intended to be pop necessarily, we’re just doing the same as every band, writing hooks and melodies and the like. That’s not to say we’re not doing anything interesting, pop’s not a derogatory term…

Continue reading Interview: Dog is Dead

 

Single Review: Dog is Dead – Young

 
By on Monday, 20th September 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Nottingham five-piece Dog is Dead are releasing their second single, ‘Young,’ today. It’s the follow-up to their debut single, ‘The Glockenspiel Song,’ which was released in June. They’ve described their sound as “an original blend of harmonious, indie-pop in the disco, with a cheeky jazz hint” and “uplifting pop for jazz junkies and choir folk,” and these are quite possibly the perfect descriptions.

‘Young’ is so indie it hurts, and I mean that in the best way possible: in it, Dog is Dead takes some of the defining characteristics of everyone’s favorite indie bands and combines them into something really joyous and special and all their own. It begins with electronic bleeps and chirps that wouldn’t be out of place in Passion Pit‘s arsenal. Its fast-paced rhythms are somewhere between the ‘mathletics’ of Foals and the Afrobeats of Vampire Weekend. And the chorus of “hold your breath and count to ten / we’re losing touch and losing friends / but we’re young” is lovely, with gorgeous, soaring harmonies reminiscent of Fleet Foxes or Mumford and Sons. This, if you weren’t sure, would be the bit that appeals to ‘choir folk.’ And the ‘jazz junkies’ (the Mighty Boosh fan in me is conjuring up images of Howard Moon) will love the saxophone. On top of it all, there’s a sing-along quality to the melody that would make it fantastic live.

‘Young’ is a spectacular song, and having already opened for bands like One Night Only and Ok Go, and played at Dot to Dot Festival and Glastonbury, they’re surely headed for great things. I can’t wait to see what they do next.

Check out the official video for ‘Young’ below, as well as a Burberry acoustic session below the cut.

Dog is Dead are playing a series of gigs in England this September and October. See our ticket alert for more information. TGTF is also lucky enough to be able to offer you two mp3s from the band:

MP3: Dog Is Dead – Motel

[audio: https://www.theregoesthefear.com/uploads/2010/09/Motel.mp3]

MP3: Dog Is Dead – Zoo

[audio: https://www.theregoesthefear.com/media/201006/dogisdead-zoo.mp3]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zM73nHfT5U[/youtube]

Burberry Sessions

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eBkvE5qtM4[/youtube]

 

MP3 of the Day #233: Dog is Dead

 
By on Tuesday, 7th September 2010 at 10:00 am
 

We’ve been given the green light to offer this track from Nottingham band Dog is Dead. I have to say, it’s not at all what I expected from them. It’s an amazing combination of Motown-esque harmonies over a folk backing. It’s eclectic.

Dog is Dead have live dates through September and October.

MP3: Dog is Dead – Motel

[audio:https://www.theregoesthefear.com/uploads/2010/09/Motel.mp3]
 

Dog is Dead / September and October 2010 English Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 18th August 2010 at 9:00 am
 

Dog is Dead have announced several gig dates in September and October. The band will be releasing their next single, ‘Young’, on 20th September on their own label, Young Childhood Records.

Thursday 2nd September 2010 – London Tooting Tram & Social
Friday 24th September 2010 – Darlington Inside Out
Saturday 25th September 2010 – Nottingham Bodega
Saturday 9th October 2010 – Oxford OX4
Monday 11th October 2010 – London Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Wednesday 13th October 2010 – Manchester Mint Lounge
Thursday 21st October 2010 – Bristol Thekla

 
 
 

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