Dog Tired – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of band are you?
DT: Dog Tired are a riff driven, relentless metal band from Edinburgh, Scotland.
PD: Tell us the brief history of your band.
DT: We formed in 2004 from a mutual obsession with riffs. We started out jamming in our drummer’s garage, originally with a more southern sound more akin to bands like Down or Corrosion of Conformity. Since then we’ve grown heavier naturally, our sound merging newer influences and becoming something unique and brutal. We’ve played a huge amount of gigs spanning the UK, Ireland and Mainland Europe. We pride ourselves on delivering an unstoppable live show, crammed with energy and intensity. Dog Tired have played some notable gigs over the years, including Bloodstock in 2014, Nottingham Rock City and Thrashersaurus, and supported bands such as Evil Scarecrow, Raging Speedhorn and Gamma Bomb during our tours.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
DT: We all have really similar tastes in music, which is handy when it comes to writing. We’ve definitely taken influence from bands like Strapping Young Lad, Metallica, Gojira, Slayer, Testament, Pantera, and Entombed, but also draw influence from great Horror films and their directors, such as John Carpenter. The horror influence is notable in a lot of our songs, giving them an overbearing, ominous feel. We also draw influence from a lot of the local bands we play shows with, mainly due to the high quality of underground metal in the UK. This means we have to constantly up our game!
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
DT: Our main goal is to get more and bigger shows, in as many new places as possible! We’d like to get more festival shows under our belt too. There’s a bunch of our influences that we’d like to play shows with at some point. We’re just always aiming to do more with the band.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
DT: Luke (guitarist) is definitely the main writer. We only have one guitarist so he writes all of the riffs, and normally by the time he’s written a tune he’s already got a general idea for the theme of the lyrics. We all have input into every aspect of the songs though, and a lot of the songs come about organically through jamming in the room. The subjects of our songs differ vastly. Using the new album as an example, The Electric Abyss is about being beckoned through a triangular void into the unknown, Flesh Church is about a future religion that persuades people to give themselves up to the church through death, allowing their skin to be draped from the walls of the church and 1968 is about the grim reality of the Vietnam War. We tend to go for subjects that are larger than us and man, adding to the looming feel of the songs.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
DT: We promote through the usual social media and YouTube, but tend to find that the best method is through word of mouth. Playing shows far and wide in the UK helps to get your name out there and if the gig is memorable, people will come back and see you and tell others.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
DT: Downloading music is a great tool for finding new bands, however, it has definitely made it harder to make a living from music. Music services such as Spotify are great for promotion and for getting people to hear your band, but they pay the artists a miniscule amount. You’ll find that the money doesn’t matter to most of the bands in the metal scene, however, the lack of it means that record companies aren’t as willing to give unknown bands a chance anymore. The whole process has shifted, and most bands are doing their own recording/merch/printing and distribution. This does give artists much more freedom to make their albums exactly as they want them. There are pros and cons to downloading music, but it’s always better to have a physical CD/LP!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DT: Flying Wales, by Gojira. More just for the main riff, because it’s an absolute stonker.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
DT: Tribute bands for bands that are still going, some of them are really good, but currently they are becoming venue’s first choice over original music. Cover bands are better, as they are normally just playing stuff for the fun of it. Also bands that aren’t willing to speak to other bands or fans, bands should always have time for people at shows.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
DT: It’s between finishing the new album, playing Bloodstock to a rammed tent or the gig in Nottingham Rock City supporting Evil Scarecrow. We’ve been together for around 15 years and had loads of great times!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
DT: We’re releasing our 4th album, The Electric Abyss on 07 September 2019. The launch show is on this date in La Belle Angele in Edinburgh. It’s definitely our heaviest, most epic and complex album to date and we can’t wait to let people hear it! The launch has a belting lineup, with King Witch, Disposable, Perpetua, Lethal Injury and Solar Sons. The tickets get you in to the club night after, which is aptly called “Keep it Steel: Heavy Metal Vomit Party”. We’ll also be releasing the first video from the new album shortly so watch this space!
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
DT: Our next show is Rabidfest in Oxford on 18 August 2019. The lineup looks amazing with bands like Conan, Troyan and Ingested. It’s also a three day festival for £26! We’ll be playing a lot of the new material at it as a warm up for the launch. After that we have the launch and then a few shows in the Netherlands! We’ll be releasing details of a full tour on our Facebook in the next few days.