with Rob – Dogsflesh Guitarist…….january 2009
History about the group?
-Dogsflesh were originally formed in 1982 by Rob the guitarist, and after
three years playing around the North East and Yorkshire,including supporting
The Exploited, Discharge and GBH the band decided to call it a day due to
musical differences. In January 2005 the main members of the band began
practicing again after a 20 year gap and began touring the UK as headline
act and also supporting bands such as The Anti Nowhere League, The Abrasive
Wheels, Broken Bones, The Cockney Rejects and The UK Subs, to name just a
few. The 4 track EP, Bloody Road To Death was Re-released in May 2005 and
that was followed up by a live album which was released in October 2005.
Since then the band have never stopped writing and touring, they have played
shows in Italy, France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and in 2007 they
headlined the B Stage of the Antifest Festival in Czech Republic and in
September 2007 the band embarked on their first tour of USA, which proved to
be a big success for the band and their UK82 Music. Further releases
included 'The Threat Remains' 4 track EP which was then followed up in
September 2007,by the bands first full length album called Vision Of Hell.
In October 2008 Unrepentant Records in USA signed the band and have since
released the album in USA and Canada, which is also available for download
on various sites. As for the future, the band are busy writing material for
a new album and will be returning to USA in 2009 and also intend to play
more shows in Europe and the UK.
Please tell me a little about every member in the group, age, family, work,
interests and something bad about every one?
-Jon – Singer, age 45 who is a single parent looking after 2 children, he
works for the local council and his interests are Music, Drinking, Drinking
and more Drinking, Smoking, Smoking and more Smoking the bad thing about Jon
is that he drinks and smokes to much hahaha, sorry mate!
Rob – Guitarist, age 46 who is married and has 2 kids, he runs a recruitment
agency and his interests are playing guitar, going to gigs, playing on his
xbox, and he plays golf haha, the main bad thing about him is that he is a
control freak and sneaks the occasional joint.
Tim – Bass, aged 45, who is completely single and open to offers, he is a
local government officer, so I have to be careful what I write about him, he
makes me sensor things about him, his interests are playing bass, going to
gigs and other things, the bad thing about Tim is the number of Cold & Bed
Sores that he gets!
Greg – Drummer, very young!, single unemployed bum, his interests are
drumming, getting very high and very drunk and sleeping with as many girls
as he can (lucky bastard), where do I start with his bad points, here are a
few, he is un-contactable and is very inconsistent in his drumming hahaha.
How is it to play this sort of music in England nowadays?
-The punk scene in England is very poor and the number of people going to
gigs is on the decline, we played a gig in December with The Abrasive Wheels
and Broken Bones and only 30 people turned up, which is why we as a band
have decided to turn our back on England in 2009 and concentrate on Europe
and USA, where there is still a healthy scene.
What about the changing of presidents in USA??
-I personally think that change is good and I like what I have seen and
heard from him up to now. I wish that we could change our government who are
killing the UK. It is quite novel to have a black man in charge of the USA,
a bit like when we had our first woman prime minister in Margaret Thatcher
and lets be honest he cannot do a worse job than George Bush did, can he?
Dogsflesh, where did that name come from?
-That is a question that we always get asked and the truth of the matter is
that I genuinely cannot remember, I guess it came from a drunken, drug
fuelled night back in 82.
Have you done anything more than Vision of hell, how can i get it?
-We recorded a 4 track unreleased demo in November 1982 which was followed
up by The Bloody Road To Death 4 track EP, which featured the bands
anthem,Mad Punx & Psycho Skins. When the band re-formed in 2005, they
re-released the Bloody Road to Death EP and also a Live album on their own
label, Rock Garden Music, this was followed up by The Threat Remains EP and
in September 2007, the album Vision Of Hell was released in UK, again on
their own label. The other material is currently only available via mail
order and contacting the band direct, either via the website
www. dogsflesh. com
or through the myspace site
www. myspace. com/dogsflesh
Which is the biggest band you have played together with?
-That is a difficult question to answer as what makes a band big, we have
played with most of the big UK82 bands including: GBH, Discharge, Anti
Nowhere League, Conflict, Broken Bones, The English Dogs, Cockney Rejects,
The Business, Vice Squad, UK Subs and The Abrasive Wheels to name a few, but
in my opinion the biggest band and the band that had the biggest influence
on us was The Exploited and to play some gigs with them in their heyday
1982-1984 was awesome and they are real nice, genuine blokes as well.
What does punk mean to you is it only a word or is it a lifestyle?
-Punk to me is neither of the above, it is an attitude.
I look on the cover of your latest CD, are people afraid of more terrorist
attacks in England nowadays?
-I think that since 9/11 and the London underground bombings, people in the
UK are a lot more aware and vigilant about the potential threat of terrorism
What’s the best thing about living in England?
-At this moment in time there is nothing good about living in England, the
punk scene is dying a slow death, the economy is in meltdown, unemployment
is rising to record levels and we are being taxed to the hilt by this
corrupt government who are the worst that have EVER run the country.
You have an unmodern sound, how come, I mean your in the UK82 style, was the
music better then?
-Our sound is the same as it was in 1982, as that is the era when we were
formed and that is the music we like to play, we are not going to change or
deviate from that path like many other bands have done, as there is still a
demand for UK82 music especially in parts of Europe and USA and in my
opinion music was better then than it is now.
It feels like if you mix a lot of styles in your music but that you always
have punk as a ground? What other styles do you like?
-Yeah that is correct, we will always have Punk as a foundation, but we also
like a lot of metal music as well.
Are there any good bands in your country nowadays? Any old favourites?
-There are some really good bands around in the UK at the moment, who don’t
get the opportunity to showcase their music as promoters won’t give them a
chance. It is like the Punk Festival, Rebellion in the UK, the promoter will
NOT give us the opportunity to play there as he doesn’t like our music, yet
he puts bands on like the Bay City Rollers, Sweet and Chas & Dave at a Punk
Festival. As for old favourites they are all back on the road again and
recording new material like The Exploited, GBH, Discharge, The English Dogs
What do you know about Sweden?
-Quite a bit as my EX sister in law was from Gothenburg and she told me how
cold it was over there in the winter, and also how expensive it was over
there regarding alcohol and that people bought bottles and went round each
others houses, I also know that Lars Ulrich is from Sweden(I`m sorry to say
that he´s from Denmark/editor) as is Ynggie Malmsteen and EUROPE.
Have you heard any good swedish bands?
-None, other than Metallica who are a quarter Swedish(Danish/editor), and If
I am being honest with you, most of the bands that come out of Sweden tend
to be Crust punk or Death Metal, which I have no time for, oh just
remembered Perkele I think are from Sweden!
Is your record label good, why an american label?
-When we completed the Vision Of Hell album, we flew out to tour USA and the
sales of the album were really good, so we decided that we needed a label
over there to promote, and distribute it for us. We were in discussions with
a number of labels but went with Jim at Unrepentant Records, as he gave us
no Bullshit, No false promises just his word that he would push and promote
the album for us as best he could and he is doing all of that and more, we
cannot speak to highly enough about him or the label and we hope to continue
working with them for the foreseeable future. As for why an American label,
in the past bands have been signed to a UK label, European label and
American label, but with the introduction of sites like iTunes etc, that is
no longer required as all music is available via music download sites, so
you only need one label now.
Your lyrics, The song Yesterdays heroes, any deeper meaning there?
-Yesterday’s Heroes was written about certain bigger named punk bands who
have forgotten their roots and where they came from, and how they will only
play gigs for massive guarantees and only in certain venues, which just
takes the piss about what they started playing punk rock for in the first
place. It is also about the Rebellion festival, who allegedly paying certain
bands, five figure sums to play at the festival!!!!!!!! Oi Oi
We all know which band that is!
Please rank your five favourite records, five favourite concerts and five
most important things in life?
-These are in no particular order
Troops Of Tomorrow – The Exploited
Leather Bristles, Studs & Acne – GBH
The Black Album – Metallica
To The Ends Of The Earth – The English Dogs
Killers – Iron Maiden
Apocalypse Now Tour (Exploited, Vice Squad, Anti Pasti, Discharge 82)
Motorhead (Bomber Tour)
Rock N Roll
First, last and most expensive record ever bought?
-The first record that I ever got was an album by T.Rex called The Slider,
the last CD I bought was by an Australian band called Airbourne and I have
never paid any more than the normal price for a record/CD
Most embarrassing record in your collection?
-Barry Manilows greatest hits (Where did that come from??????????)
What do you think about Facebook, My space and all those sites, is it good
for a band of your calibre?
-I think that any sites like those mentioned above and others like them are
brilliant for bands like us, it gets our music out to people throughout the
world who would never have the opportunity of hearing us. It is also a great
way of promoting the band, gigs and news, so sites like them can only be a
Where do you stand when we talk about mp3 and downloading?
-It is the way forward for music sales and it’s about time people stopped
bitching on about it. The main players that lose out are the international
record companies and distribution companies who have lived off their artists
for years and that is why they are against it, more profits are now going to
the artists, which in my opinion is correct.
Is it good
or bad for a band of your size?
-When we signed to Unrepentant Records, one of our stipulations, was that
Jim made our music available on downloadable sites, like iTunes, Digstation,
CD Baby, Interpunk and others like it, so that we got the best possible
opportunity to promote the album and get our music heard throughout the
world, so that can only be a good thing for bands of our size.
Future plans for the band?
-Were currently writing new material for the new album and in 2009 we intend
to concentrate on playing shows in Europe rather than the UK and were also
returning to USA, beyond that who knows?
Future plans for yourself?
-To continue pushing the band as far forward as is possible, to continue
writing music and to improve my guitar playing, oh and also improve my Xbox
playing and my golf handicap haha.
-Make things happen
Something more to add?
-I would just like to thank the Punx and Skins in Sweden and around the
world for the support you have given to the band, its greatly appreciated
and hopefully we will see some of you in 2009. Stay Punk, Stay Free.
Rob – Dogsflesh Guitarist