THE DOGS are a three-piece proto-punk band formed in Lansing, Michigan, United States in 1968. They are noted for presaging the energy and sound of the later punk and hardcore genres. They have released their latest single and video Welcome To The Revolution via Die Laughing Records.
“The song was inspired by Michael Des Barres who came up with the title and also by a Martin Luther King Jr quote. They both really moved me and lyrically hit a nerve because of the turbulent political landscape and the social injustice & unrest that we are living through today. ” – The Dogs
The Dogs revive the classic sound of the late 60s and Early 70s with their sonic output channelling such bands as The New York Dolls, MC5, The Dictators and The Stooges.
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Originally formed by guitarist/vocalist Loren Molinare and bassist Mary Kay with drummer Ron Wood, and based in Lansing, The Dogs played with the rock and proto-punk bands of the time including MC5, Amboy Dukes and KISS. The band relocated to Detroit in 1973, and then to New York City in 1974 where they played with other bands of the glam and pre-punk scenes such as The Dictators, The Stilettos (pre-Blondie) and Television.
The band moved again to the West Coast in 1976, releasing their debut 7” John Rock on California’s Dynamic Recording label, and playing with hard rock bands such as AC/DC and Van Halen as well as new wave groups like The Motels and Ramones. Moving to the UK in 1978, The Dogs toured Britain and Ireland, in support of second 7” Slash Your Face, self-released on the band’s own Detroit Records imprint that year.
The band returned to the US in 1980 but went on hiatus in 1981 with the departure of their drummer; they reformed with new drummer Tony Matteucci in 1983, but went on hiatus again in 1989 when Molinaire joined Little Caesar.
Interest in the band revived following the inclusion of their songs on the Killed By Death compilation series, with their records subsequently becoming collectors’ items. Slash Your Face was reissued and the Fed Up compilation released on Bacchus Archives in 2001. The band reformed and new material followed on Dionysus Records in 2003 in the form of debut album proper Suburban Nightmare.
The Dogs toured the Far East in 2007 and 2013 in support of a series of releases on Japanese label Future Now Records, beginning with double CD tribute Doggy Style featuring covers of Dogs tracks by local groups and notable garage punks such as The Bellrays as well as unreleased Dogs material.
The band played SXSW festival in 2009 and 2014 and NXN festival in 2009. Second album Hypersensitive was self-released in 2012 and a new EP Aint Going Nowhere in 2016. The Summer of 2020 has become a pivotal chapter for The Dogs.
Newly signed to Die Laughing Records and it’s subsidiary label, Chicanery Chick Records and their global partner Golden Robot Records, they become the first artists to be “triple branded” by this conglomerate.