What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
We’re a three-piece garage rock band from Manchester who’ve been playing together for six years. Since our formation, we’ve had some positive radio support, from stations like BBC 6 Music, Radio X and KEXP, and have played shows around the world.
What made you go into music?
The love and passion for it! For us, music is all about self-expression and the joy of playing together. Some of our best experiences have been at the gigs and festivals we’ve played together as a band.
Are you signed?
We’ve self-released our last few singles, under our own label ‘Doing It to Death’, but we will be working with an independent label called ‘Sister 9’ for our next single. After that, we’d like to work with a larger entity to release our debut album.
You have released your new single ‘California’, tell us more about the single.
It’s a 3 min bass driven stoner rock song — a British tribute to all the great underground Californian rock bands.
What is the meaning behind the single?
The idea came about when I heard of the passing of a guy called Rex Thompson who played in a band called The Summer Hits. I met Rex about a year or so before he died and he was a really cool guy to hang out with.
Describe the track in two words.
What was the writing process like?
As Rex was a bass player, I wrote the fuzzy bass riff first. The main riff, chorus and solo riff all followed soon after. Then, I showed that to Matt and Ben at rehearsals, added my guitar, and it became a Hey Bulldog song.
What was the recording process like?
We recorded it at the same time as our last single ‘No Future (Part II)’. I think the single is the second or third take? I only had to go back into it to tidy up the guitar parts and do the vocals.
Who did you work with on the single?
We recorded it at Crack Studios in Manchester with our long-term recording engineer Kevin Foy, and then we sent that off to be mixed by Boe Weaver (Archie Bronson Outfit, The Go Team, Wolf People, Whyte Horses) at Studio Humbug.
Will we see a music video for the track?
Sadly not for this single, as we’ve been so busy recording more new music, but we will definitely have one for our next single which is due out around September time.
Will we see an EP or Album and if so, what can we expect?
We’re working on an album that will have a couple of our previous singles on it alongside some brand new tracks. We’re really excited by putting out a full album that will hopefully take the listener on a musical journey of discovery.
Do you have any shows coming up?
Yep! We’ve got some festivals over the summer and also a headline show at Jimmy’s, in Manchester, on Saturday the 14th of September
If so, where will you be heading?
19th July, Blackthorn Festival, Cheshire
26th July, Kendal Calling, Cumbria
17th August, Cotton Clouds, Saddleworth
14th September, Jimmy’s, Manchester
5th October, Psych Rising at Night People, Manchester
What else can we expect in 2019?
Our first 7inch vinyl single and lots more gigs!
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists?
Not at the moment. There’s a great community feel between a lot of bands in Manchester at the moment, so I’m sure at some point it will happen. We have done in the past and enjoyed it.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? And who would they have to contact?
Yeah, we’re always up for trying new things out. Just send us a message on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/heybulldogmusic or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you play any instruments?
We all kinda stick to our own instruments. I’ve played Keyboard on a few of our tracks, and we’re starting to use a few more ideas like synth bass etc
Who are your influences?
We love the classic rock, blues and pop artists from the ’60s. As well as 90s rock and more current artists like LCD Soundsystem, The Kills, Idles & The Lucid Dream
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
From everywhere. Music is all about emotion and feelings.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Making a living from making music, touring the world, and releasing albums
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Go and see other bands, catch a film at the cinema, or spend time with friends.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
It’s tough to pick one song. I guess anything by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin or Jimi Hendrix.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
My grandad would always tell me to do my best in everything I do.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Just do what you want to do creatively. You can’t do something to try and make other people happy.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Be nice, smell nice…
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
The Castle Hotel on Oldham Street, which is a very traditional looking pub that doubles up as a great little music venue, and The Rose And Monkey.
You’re coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? Home
2/ Who do you see first? Friends
3/What do you eat first? Pizza
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Guitars, amps, drums, merch & spares box!