Dog is Dead
Having grown up together in their hometown of Nottingham, Rob Milton (bass and vocals,) Joss Van Wilder (guitar, keys, vocals,) Lawrence Libor- (drums, vocals,) and Paul Roberts (guitar, vocals) became firm friends at the tender age of thirteen having all attended the same primary and secondary schools. The addition of 'Trev'(saxophone,vocals) came some years later through a chance meeting at a drama rehearsal. Who knew this unlikely collision of skate kids and thespians would produce one of Nottingham's most highly rated up and coming bands Dog Is Dead.
But produce them it did and their eclectic sound and stage show camaraderie is indicative of their close friendship, each member bringing a different perspective to the creative process, from musical theatre to their own musical heroes which span Paul Simon and Cap N Jazz to Mystery Jets and Fleet Foxes, leading to their unique sound of indie-hit pop music, inflected with jazz sax solos and math rock riffs.
Pull this together with the electrifying and unexpected wizardry of the saxophone, much overlooked and notably under rated by many contemporary bands. Here in lies the pogo friendly undisputedly catchy creation of Clockwork, Board Games and The Zoo, their first three tracks to be published on Myspace, already garnering anthemic status amongst local fans.
Described by Milton as "complicated pop for jazz junkies and choir folk" Dog Is Dead couldn't lie low for too long and in 2008 they caught the ear of Nottingham promoters DHP group, the folk behind award winning venues such as Rock City, The Rescue Rooms and Bodega Social. Live shows ensued, with a host of acclaimed artists such as The Rumble Strips, Iglu and Hartley and One Night Only, and DHP were quick to take the reigns signing the band to their management wing earlier this summer.
2009 has already seen main stage slots at Splendour festival (supporting Madness to 12000 people), Dot to Dot Festivals, and breaking into London with a rapturously received support slot with OK Go and a riotous headline at the Old Blue Last.
With more London shows now being confirmed to showcase the band's newly extended repertoire, their boundless energy and ever growing musical and lyrical competency, it is assured that they will satisfy their already loyal fan base as well as recruiting a new legion of admirers.