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…

Your songs are packed with harmonies and a wide variety of instruments is it easy to write a song with that much musical scope?
It’s just the way I work. I like songs to be big, I’m constantly thinking in layers and there’s an orchestra and choir inside my head.

Because there’s so much going on in your songs, does that put pressure on you when playing live?
Maybe at first it did, now it’s quite easy to nail everything and the energy makes everything twice as big. We’re a live band through and through.

You guys have played loads of festivals this year, and recently been playlisted on 6music, does it still all seem a bit surreal to you?
I’m looking at everything in terms of small steps, so everything seems very real. I want to keep a level head. I’ll start feeling surreal when we go multi-platinum, there’s a long way to go, not to say I’m not proud of us and we’re having a lot of fun with it all.

What has been the biggest gig of your career so far?
Umm.. Glastonbury was incredible. Dot to Dot festival too, especially Dot to Dot Nottingham. You can’t go wrong in your hometown, especially on a nice weekend. [Editor’s note: I freakin’ loved Dot to Dot Nottingham in 2009.]

Finally, any plans for an album?
We’re just finishing writing it all, it’s definitely in the pipeline; I just want to wait for this single to be released before we work out exactly what we’re going to do.

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