Introducing... Dog Is Dead
Nottingham five-piece Dog Is Dead describe their music as Louis Armstrong lost in disco. This summer they'll be playing at Nottingham music festival Splendour (Sunday 19 July).
Josiah Van Wilder, Robert Milton and Lawrence Cole met at West Bridgford School. Having picked up drummer Lawrence Libor at a party and Paul Roberts at a play rehearsal they started performing live in 2008.
They admit to a clash of musical influences. Rob says they draw inspiration from old American punk bands like Cap'n Jazz' to pop music such as Paul Simon and The Police and even modern bands like Mystery Jets.
They describe their music as 'an original blend of harmonious, indie-pop in the disco, with a cheeky jazz hint'.
Although Rob writes the songs the band all add to and develop them. However, it's not always a long drawn out process.
"We wrote all of 'Clockwork' in about 10 minutes after watching a documentary on dance routines. The programme was terrible so we left and wrote a song."
The highlight of their short time on the circuit was playing Rock City when opening for One Night Only.
"It's such a rarity to play in front of over 1000 people that don't know you're a band and to get such an amazing reception."
They might have to get used to big crowds... This summer they'll be playing at Nottingham music festival Splendour (Wollaton Park, Sunday 19 July 2009) on the same bill as Madness, Fun Lovin' Criminals, The Pogues, Imelda May, The Rifles and Kid British.
The five musicians love the local music scene but if they had to pick out rivals for the title of 'best band in Nottingham' they would name two.
""House of Brothers make beautiful music, they're lyrically and creatively a cut above every other band in Nottingham and further.
"Vaarlets make ambient pop music, Interpol-meets-Kooks, no one else does that!"
You can catch bands and artists like Dog Is Dead on The Beat. The Beat is BBC Radio Nottingham's official Introducing show. You can listen to The Beat every Saturday night from 6.00pm until 10.00pm (103.8, 95.5fm, 1584am and DAB digital radio). If you miss it you can listen again on the BBC's iPlayer.
last updated: 16/07/2009 at 19:02