Following its debut last week on Huw Stephen’s show, DOG IS DEAD are proud to announce details of their next single ‘Two Devils’ out on March 5th through Atlantic Records. Produced by David Kosten (who worked with them on prior releases as well as with Bat for Lashes and Everything Everything), Rob from the band commented, 'Two Devils' is a tale of guilt and insanity stemming from a twisted relationship in which a girl falls sick. It's a little dark.‘ It was recorded at RAK studios in London and was given its premier on the Bombay Bicycle Club tour. Their tour buddies have even remixed the single.
Over the next few months, the band will be trawling up and down the A1 playing headline shows in every crevice of the country so fans will have every opportunity to see the guys live in action. As part of the tour, DOG IS DEAD have also announced a London headline date at the Borderline in London on March 15th. They’ll also be playing HMV’s Next Big Thing show at London’s Garage supporting King Charles on February 7th. You’ll also be able to catch them supporting Cloud Control on February 17th at the Electric Ballroom.
2011 was a massive year for DOG IS DEAD, having released a compilation EP of their self release singles, started work on their debut album with David Kosten (Everything Everything, Bat For Lashes) and released limited edition ‘Hands Down’ - their debut major label single which gained support from the likes of BBC 6 Music, XFM, Q Radio and even a spot play on Fearne Cotton’s Radio 1 show. Furthermore, they appeared as themselves in hit TV show ‘Skins’ and played an array of festivals across the UK this summer. They rounded off the year with a a show at KOKO on New Year’s Eve.
They might sound like the apple-cheeked offspring of Mumford & Sons, but forget the jaunty exterior: Dog Is Dead are about to get dark. The Nottingham five piece have a new single out...and it's the broodiest thing they've done to date.
The track, called 'Hands Down', is the band's first release for Atlantic Records after a lightning-swift rise to prominence which saw their music featured on the BBC's Glasto coverage before they'd even signed a deal, as well as being cherry picked for the finale of Skin's fifth series.
Speaking about the decision to release it on October 31, singer Rob Milton told Radar: "Everything's gradually getting darker with us, especially lyrically. the chorus on 'Hands Down' is like this perfect declaration of love - just a big confirmation - but then on the verses there are themes of religion and death..."
Sounding a little like a Church of England choir tackling Arcade Fire's 'Intervention', 'Hand's Down' was produced by David Kosten, whose work with Bat For Lashes and Everything Everything Milton is a big fan of. Indeed, Kosten looks set to feature again on the band's debut album, due to be recorded in November and released in Spring 2012.
Apparently the boys will be exploring slightly weirder psychedelic territory for the record (all are big fans of Mercury Rev and The Flaming Lips), but before that they're giving away a new three-track acoustic EP, called Confessions', via Dogisdead.co.uk from September 27.
There's also the small matter of a supporting stint on tour with Bombay Bicycle Club. "We'd love to be in a position like theirs by our third record", says Rob.
"We're a really ambitious band, and we're still a long way from where we'd like to be. There's a lot of stuff we're itching for people to hear..."