The Rock and Roll Report Band of the Week is El Dog

El_DogEl Dog are an excellent four piece band from Glasgow, Scotland UK who style is alternative ambient Rock. They are gently arousing yet soothing to the ears while having the drive and power to exhilarate and entice. You can check them out at

http://www.myspace.com/eldogmusic

Their new album is justly getting great reviews from all over the UK, ranging from BBC Radio 1 to the national news press and I am fortunate enough to have a copy of their latest release The Lamps of Terrahead.

If your taste includes 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 bands stunning debut and is sure to get them noticed and loved by all. It is out on October 19th 2009 and on Lo – Five records and available through i-tunes and all major download sites. I would recommend pre-order to avoid disappointment.

El Dog formed in 2003 at Glasgow’s Nice & Sleazy open mic night, where Bob (guitar & vocals) was on stage beak 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.  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

The Lamps of Terrahead has twelve great tunes on it, the you tube links above are tracks one and three respectively, all fuse together to make a magical soundscape like no other which will enhance any music collection. El Dog combine hard driving rythyms with raucous riffs  and soulful strumming and sliding, with some perfect piano and vocals with a great range and selection of styles. El Dog are the canines dangly bits for sure.

Interview

iNick – What is the story behind the band name?

Bob – It comes from a deep desire we all have to become canine. It also happens to be slang for the Cadillac Elderado. Part man, part machine, part dog….ALL ROCK!!!(apart from the quite bits.)

iNick – 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?

Alan: I felt disgusted.

Calum: What Bob does not tell people is that it was a wee baby shoe

Alan – Yeah, he he had to wear it sideways his schlong was so small

iNick – What are your aspirations, and long term dreams or goals?

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’re 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.

iNick – Which Scottish bands would you recommend watching out for and why?

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.

iNick – Apart from the tale of Bob and his shoe, do you have any other amusing stories to share regarding El Dog? As these two questions most likely combine can you share the highs and lows in El dogs history also…

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 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.

You always have high points and low points when you play gigs. Having sound engineers who aren’t sound engineers and need helping 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 ha ha.

iNick – Finally what is your favoured size or style of venue?

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 is a favourite.

N.B. King Tut’s wah wah hut is  a  Scottish venue based in Glasgow renowned for showcasing upcoming and emerging bands, it has a great reputation.

El Dog can be found on MySpace at www.myspace.com/eldogmusic.

Enjoy this free download of If It Was The Last That We Met courtesy of El Dog and The Rock and Roll Report!