The Deathless Dogs – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
TDD: We are a two piece blues rock band known for our loud, energy filled live shows.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
TDD: The band started when Eddy (guitar player/singer) started writing songs after his tour in the Iraq war. He used the song writing as a way of processing the feelings and problems he had after his time at war, (Eddy was involved in an IED strike on his vehicle, which was a close call to say the least). He sent the songs to Dan (Drummer), who was a childhood friend that had been playing in bands since he was 16, via email. We collaborated that way for a couple months before deciding to record those songs, and several more, at a studio in Milwaukee. We continued to collaborate this way for a year or two as we lived across the state from each other, but Eddy then moved back to La Crosse, WI, and the band kicked into high gear from there. We’ve since released two albums, and have our new EP “Five Across the Eyes” releasing in November 2020.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TDD: Musical: Rolling Stones, Clutch, Heartless Bastards, Cold War Kids, Queens of the Stone Age, Andrew WK, Stephen Malkmus.
Non Musical: War/Military service, unsatisfying jobs, everyday life/conversation, whiskey.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TDD: Whenever this pandemic allows, we want to get back on the road and see places we’ve never been, including playing in Europe.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TDD: The songs are primarily written by Eddy, who comes in with rough outlines and lyrical ideas ranging from war to growing up to gas station mascots. There really isn’t anything off limits in our songs. The latest EP, Five Across The Eyes, definitely has a bit of a darker tone though based on where we were in our lives during the writing and recording of the songs. It focuses on the struggles we are all facing in the current climate, and specifically the hardships faced by veterans trying to adapt to post war life.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TDD: We mainly use social media and posters. We do a weekly whiskey review show on our social media pages that was originally designed to be a way to promote our shows before the pandemic shut everything down.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TDD: It’s the easiest way to get your music out to the people. We grew up going to the record store every week to pick up the new CDs, but that’s just not the way music is being consumed right now. We still do pretty well on CD sales at shows, so we won’t be abandoning physical media anytime soon.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TDD: There are a ton, but “Ventilator Blues” by The Rolling Stones comes to mind. A super simple but catchy riff, tons of attitude, and who doesn’t love a horn section?
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TDD: People who don’t clean up after their dogs on walks, bars with poor whiskey selections, limited late night dining options when driving home from shows.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
TDD: Not really a single moment, but all the friendships we’ve made with other musicians that we love and respect. We have met so many of our favorite people through music, and we get so excited watching them do awesome things.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TDD: We are currently working on a couple cover songs, which we’ve never done in the nearly 10 years we’ve been a band. We’re also writing songs for our follow up to the new EP.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
TDD: You can find our music on our bandcamp page http://thedeathlessdogs.bandcamp.com. It’s also available to stream on pretty much every platform.
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