DOG Is Dead enjoyed success last year with their debut album All Our Favourite Stories, helped by strong support from Radio 1. This week they are aiming to support Record Store Day by releasing a special limited edition double A-side single and we spoke to Lawrence ‘Trev’ Cole from the band to find out more about the release and the band’s upcoming UK tour.
THE demise of the Burton branch of music retailer HMV last month only served to highlight the loss of the record store from the High Street.
When the growth of downloads, internet retailers and supermarkets saw the first signs that independent record shops would struggle to survive in the modern world.
It left HMV as one of the few places that you could buy and browse for new records but it’s closure leaves a hole, something I found out this week as I desperately searched for a copy of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s new album Mosquito.
But independent record shops do still exist, mainly in major cities, and Burton is still fortunate to have Henry’s Records in Station Street.
Record Store Day was born in 2007 in the UK and is increasingly well supported by musicians who want to see the tradition of the independent music shop continue.
Nottinghamshire’s Dog Is Dead are doing their bit by releasing a limited edition, double A-side seven inch record for Record Store Day tomorrow.
The record features their tracks Teenage Daughter and Do The Right Thing from their debut album All Our Favourite Stories.
Lawrence ‘Trev’ Cole, from the band, told us why they chose those particular songs and why they were so keen to support Record Store Day.
He said: “We are releasing a double A-side seven inch record as we wanted to do something different and a bit special for Record Store Day. It is a cause we feel strongly about.
“It would be a shame for these two singles to only be available as faceless downloads with no art or collectability so we’re really excited to give people the chance to get a very limited physical copy of two of our favourite songs off our debut album for Record Store Day.
“When we finished those songs we always knew that these had to be singles.
“We wrote Teenage Daughter about two years ago while Do The Right Thing was fairly recent in comparison.”
2012 was a great year for the band, playing sold-out shows across the UK, playing 25 festivals in the UK alone and receiving support from Radio 1.
DJ Huw Stephens, in particular, was a keen supporter of the band, and single Talk Through The Night and most recently Teenage Daughter made the station’s playlist.
Cole said that support had been both unexpected and a great boost for the band.
He said: “It was a great thing to happen for us but also so weird to hear ourselves on the radio and have people texting and tweeting us saying ‘you’re on Radio 1!’
“We are so proud of it but never expected it at all.
“We are chuffed with the support we got and could not have asked for more.”
The band have just finished supporting Two Door Cinema Club on their European Tour.
The 17-date tour kicked off in Switzerland and the band went on to play in Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Holland, Germany, France and Belgium.
“It was amazing,” Cole said. “We spent 25 days going all around Europe to places I had never been before and we just had a great time in all these different countries.”
The band set off yesterday on their own headline tour, finishing with a homecoming of sorts in Nottingham next month.
Cole said playing live was what Dog Is Dead are all about.
He said: “We are definitely looking forward to this tour – that is what we are here for and why we are a band.
“We love playing live and going around meeting new people. We really value the performance side of Dog Is Dead.”
After a busy festival season this summer attention will turn to album number two and Cole admitted they have found it difficult to balance songwriting with their busy touring schedule so far in 2013.
He also made clear that the band won’t be resting on their laurels when it comes to the new album’s sound.
He said: “We’ve been cracking on with some songwriting. and we are hoping to start work on the next album but it is kind of hard to work it all around a couple of tours we have had as we have only just come off the road with Two Door Cinema Club and then we are back on the road for the headline tour.
“We can’t really pin a direction to the new stuff just yet but they are good songs and we’re happy with them.
“We are definitely into pushing ourselves forward and evolving as a band.
“Dog Is Dead have been around for five years now and we are always pushing ourselves and looking to improve.
“We don’t want to rush a new album out – we want to get the best album out we can.”
Dog Is Dead perform tonight at Stoke Sugarmill and finish their UK tour at Nottingham Rock City on May 3.
See the venues for ticket details.