2005 seems a lot longer than 5 years ago. Thanks to the distorted looking glass of myspace comments sections and teenagers wearing band t-shirts energetic, fast paced indie felt like it was going to rule the world back then. Of course, what the public got was a diluted version of it, with all the exciting parts taken out, which means that lad rock acts became stadium fillers and Good Shoes make a living by headlining to a couple of hundred people. What was there hasn’t been forgotten though, and there’s still genuinely an interest in that enthusiastic sub-strata of guitar music, or at least Dog is Dead are hoping so.
Sometimes bands can go to great lengths to try and hide what’s influenced them. For this Nottingham based five piece, that couldn’t be further from the truth. What they’ve done is cherry pick the most attractive elements of several bands and put a saxophone on top of it to make something that sticks with you, no matter what. Most obviously, they’ve taken a lot from Hot Club de Paris’ vocal style, and pack their tracks with the jaunty, off kilter harmonies with reckless abandon. This is all built upon a base of Hiding Dens era Mystery Jets style guitar work, with a few notes stolen from The Maccabees for good measure. That it all manages to work is a marvel and, understandably, it’s got crowds wherever they’ve played jumping whilst followers have flocked in their hundreds. debut single ‘Glockenspiel Song’ laid the groundwork, but it could be this summer that sees the band gain the larger audience that they should be destinedd for.
Look out for the chorus from The Maccabees ‘Latchmere’ brilliant reworked and reworded in ‘Zoo’ below:
Dog is Dead – Zoo [download]