Bands to Watch #254: Dog is Dead

By on Thursday, 6th September 2012 at 12:00 pm

They’re hardly new on our radar, but with their debut album coming out on October 8th, it seems high time to do a round-up of Dog is Dead‘s story so far.

The Nottingham five-piece have been winding up to this debut album release for over 2 years now. Having been a fully functioning touring  band for far more than that so for them it surely comes as no surprise that their immense touring schedule of late is finally reaping its rewards. Having enjoyed them at Festifeel, Evolution, Camden Crawl and interviewed them all the way back in October 2010, Dog is Dead have become a TGTF favourite. Their mix of Vampire Weekend-style afrobeat influence, up to five part harmonies and the kind of rich summer sound that can even challenge our friends in Two Door Cinema Club, ‘All Our Favourite Stories’ could see them reach those dizzying heights by the end of the year.

What’s just as exciting about them though is their darker side. Listening to tracks like ‘Teenage Daughter’ really shows how their imaginations can take them down some incredible narratives: “I knew this one young girl who’d tell the trees and the grass / To read us all their favourite stories till we’d kiss and we’d laugh. / And we’d write to the Devil, tell him he’s a bad influence / ‘Cos it’s not worth playing God when you’re the story in the making.” ‘Two Devils’ expands Dog is Dead’s uplifting sound and has, at times, sinister mystery in wording.

Then you add the likes of Skins and Bombay Bicycle Club approved “we are a mess, we are failures and we love it” of recently re-recorded ‘Glockenspiel Song’. The title ‘All Our Favourite Stories’ seems to feel more and more appropriate the more we listen.

Catch them on tour in October and November and you can pre-order their debut album now.

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