Glasgow’s El Dog on On-Stage Nudity, Flute-Playing Sound Guys, Hostels and More

El Dog 2El Dog is an excellent four-piece band from Glasgow, Scotland, UK whose style is Alternative, Ambient Rock. They are gently arousing, yet soothing to the ears, and all while having the drive and power to exhilarate and entice.

Their new album, The Lamps of Terrahead, is justly getting great reviews from all over the UK, ranging from BBC Radio 1 to the national news press.

If your tastes include bands such as Muse, Led Zeppelin, Idlewild, Radiohead, Mogwai and Biffy Clyro, then El Dog should be in your collection. The Lamps of Terrahead is the band’s stunning debut and is sure to get them noticed and loved by all. It is out on October 19th, 2009 on Lo – Five Records and will be available through Itunes and all major download sites. I would recommend pre-ordering a copy to avoid disappointment.

El Dog formed in 2003 at Glasgow’s Nice & Sleazy open mic night, where Bob (Guitar/Vocals) was on stage break dancing, wearing one shoe – and nothing else! This did not put off the rest of the freshly formed band comprising of Jim (Bass), Calum (Drums) and Alan (Guitar/Vocals). What a way to get noticed. From here the musical fusion and friendship was formed.

The Lamps of Terrahead has twelve great tunes on it, all which fuse together to make a magical soundscape like no other that will surely enhance any music collection. El Dog combine hard driving rhythms with raucous riffs and soulful strumming and sliding. They also throw in perfect piano and vocals with a great range and selection of styles. El Dog is the canine’s dangly bits for sure.

El Dog recently took the time to talk with The Rock and Roll Report – and nothing was off limits.

Q: What is the story behind the band name?

A: Bob: It comes from a deep desire we all have to become canine. It also happens to be slang for the Cadillac Eldorado. Part man, part machine, part dog […] all rock! Apart from the quite bits.

Q: This question is for all bar Bob: How did you feel when Bob first appeared on stage wearing just the shoe, and how did he wear it?

A: Alan: I felt disgusted.
Calum: What Bob does not tell people is that it was a wee baby shoe.
Alan: Yeah, he had to wear it sideways his schlong was so small!

Q: What are your aspirations and long-term dreams/goals?

A: Bob: We just want to make music that we enjoy and let people hear it. The more people that hear it, the better. Whether it be at a gig or on the album. We’re not too fussed about getting to number one or being the biggest band in the world. We would make do with being, oh, I don’t know […] the third biggest.
Alan: We’d also love to have our own cookery show. We love to cook and it would be awesome to eventually have our own show, selection of cookery books and possibly our own line of cookery utensils.

El Dog 1Q: Which Scottish bands would you recommend watching out for, and why?

A: Bob: Apart from our other Lo-Five associates and friends Jo Mango, Ben TD and The Brother Louis Collective, who are all amazing, there are a few bands we’d recommend such as Analogue of the Sun, formerly Red Word. We totally love these guys, they have a slightly prog edge, but their music is very bold and totally mental. Succioperro are totally awesome. Another band who seem to be pushing boundaries musically as well as making epic rock music.

Q: Apart from the tale of Bob and his shoe, do you have any other amusing stories to share, regarding El Dog?

A: Bob: I think one of our funnier experiences was playing NXNE festival in Toronto a couple of years ago. At that point we were even less famous than we are now, but somehow we wrangled our way to play over there. We played our gig in what seemed to be Mexican restaurant converted to accommodate live music during the festival. While the other bands were playing the sound guy randomly pulled out an acoustic bass and started quietly jamming along with them. A few minutes later he pulled out a flute, mental. There wasn’t many people there at all and we were dreading the thought of facing a crowd of about twelve people having just flown thousands of miles, but while we were setting up the place got totally packed out.

After the gig, we were walking back to the backpacker hostel where we were staying when this girl stopped us in the street. She said, “You were that band who played tonight, wow. How come you are just walking

along the street?” She asked us for our autograph, something we’d never been asked for until that point. The look on her face when we got back to the backpackers hostel and told her that’s where we were staying was priceless. There’s nothing more awesome than sleeping in a room with three other random guys while clutching your guitar because it won’t fit in the lockers.

Q: What have been the highs and lows in El Dog’s history so far?

A: Bob: You always have high points and low points when you play gigs. Having sound engineers who aren’t sound engineers and need help understanding how a monitor works, playing to small crowds, having to deal with really random wide boys in funny hats who are supposedly the “stage manager.” We always seem to find that even the worst gigs have something good about them, usually the place we went for dinner!

Q: Finally, what is your favorite size or style of venue?

A: Bob: We’re big fans of venues made especially for music. Medium sized, but still a bit hot and sweaty. Anywhere that has a decent sound and is laid out in such a way that it is easy to connect with the audience. King Tut’s [in Glasgow] is a favorite.

For more on El Dog, check them out at: http://www.myspace.com/eldogmusic

To prove the musical alchemy and creativity that this band have, check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqksqctAAlU and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAmRRx