If you heard the phrase ‘dog is dead’ you probably wouldn’t think ‘saxophones’. Unless you are already a fan of the Nottingham band, that is.
Dog Is Dead was formed five years ago by Robert Milton and his friends, Josh Wilder, Daniel Harvey, Lawrence Cole and Rob White for their school battle of the bands competition.
‘The name was chosen on the spot and was based on a joke picture that some kid drew,’ says frontman Rob.
Even the saxophones were not deliberate.
‘We asked ourselves what instruments we had and what we could do and we found someone who had a saxophone,’ he continues.
The indie-pop quintet became popular at their school and the name Dog Is Dead stuck.
They performed at Glastonbury without even having a début album to their name. Then, in 2012, Dog Is Dead released their first album, All Our Favourite Stories.
‘Every gig we do, the crowds get bigger and bigger,’ says Rob.
‘We love going out on tour. We have had people come all the way from Rome to see us. People that have seen us have decided to follow the tour to see us again.’
But it’s still early days for the band, whose ambition is to keep writing new material and to keep going for as long possible. They have written most of their second album and are keen to get into the studio and start work recording it.
n Dog Is Dead play a rescheduled show at the Wedgewood Rooms on Monday with support from To Kill A King and Kassassin Street.
Tickets cost £10 from wedgewood-rooms.co.uk or (023) 9286 3911.
See the video for their track Teenage Daughter at portsmouth.co.uk/gigs.