|This article relies on references to primary sources. (August 2010)|
|Genres||UK82 Punk Rock
|Years active||1982–1985, 2005–present|
|Labels||Unrepentant Records (US), Rock Garden Music(UK)|
|Members||Rob Moore (Guitar/Vocals)
Tim Whitfield (Bass)
Tommy Heaney (Drums)
Steve Wingrove (Drums and Lead Guitar.
Steve James (2011)
John Lavender (1983-1985, 2005-2006)
Nigel Johnson (Nigsy) (1984-1985)
Dogsflesh are an English UK82 Punk Rock band, formed in May 1982 by guitarist Rob Moore. Dogsflesh were early pioneers of English hardcore punk, often nicknamed "UK82", and were heavily influenced by The Exploited, GBH, Discharge, and Broken Bones.
Their initial line-up consisted of Rob on guitar, Perky on Drums, Jim on bass, and Marty on vocals. This line-up played only a handful of gigs together around the Teesside area, the most namely of which was a support slot to GBH at Middlesbrough’s Rock Garden. The band also recorded a three track demo in November 1982, with tracks called Never Give In, Mad Dog & Destroy. Perky was replaced on the drums by John Lavender in January 1983 and the band played the Swan Hotel Ballroom supporting the UK Subs in March of that year. The line-up changed again when Rob moved to Stockton and replaced Jim and Marty with Tim Whitfield on Bass and John McQuade on vocals.
In June 1984, Dogsflesh contributed two tracks, Soldier Boy and Fight the System, on the Teesbeat label for a compilation album called the ‘New Bowery’. In September 1984, Dogsflesh recruited Nigel Johnson (Nigsy), formerly of Teesside-based punk band The Filth, as lead guitarist. During this time, Dogsflesh continued to write new material and playing gigs locally and to new audiences supporting bands like The Angelic Upstarts in Newcastle, The Anti Nowhere League at the Taboo Club in Scarborough, GBH & Discharge at the Trent Bridge Rowing Club in Nottingham, English Dogs at Adam and Eve’s in Leeds and The Exploited at the City Hall in Carlisle.
Dogsflesh recorded a four track demo at Offbeat Studios in Leeds in February 1985 with tracks called Fast Living Boy, Out My Head, Bloody Road to Death, and their anthem, Mad Punks And Psycho Skins. A gig in support of The Exploited at The Beer Keller in Leeds led to Wattie Buchan inviting the band to play on the remaining fourteen gigs of The Exploited's tour. Additional support tours followed during the summer of 1985 where Dogsflesh did a twelve date tour with Broken Bones and a ten date tour with GBH. Soon after, Nigsy and John Lavender quit the band.
In 2005, Dogsflesh reformed with past members Rob Moore, Tim Whitfield, John McQuade, and John Lavender. Since reforming, Dogsflesh have toured extensively, to include playing shows in the UK, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Austria. John Lavender departed the band due to family commitments and was replaced by Richie in April 2006. In August 2007 they headlined the B Stage of the Antifest Festival in the Czech Republic and in September 2007 the band embarked on their first U.S. tour. Richie was replaced in May 2008 by Greg. In 2009, Dogsflesh continued to play throughout the UK and Europe.
Dogsflesh re-released the Bloody Road to Death EP in May 2005 and recorded a live album, Live At Wakefield 2005, which was released in October 2005. In October 2006, Dogsflesh released a 4-track EP, The Threat Remains, and in 2007 their full-length album, Vision Of Hell, was released on Rock Garden Music in the UK. In 2008, Vision Of Hell was re-pressed and released in North America on Unrepentant Records. Dogsflesh contributed their track, Fuck All, to Kids Union Records in China for inclusion on a compilation album due out in Spring 2009.
In early 2009 long serving frontman John McQuade stepped down but the band continued as a dynamic 3 piece with guitarist Rob Moore undertaking lead vocals. After maintaining momentum in 2009 with gigs in the UK, Germany, France and Belgium, Dogsflesh returned to the studio with fresh material. In March 2010 the band's 2nd full length album 'Revival Of Species' was completed in Stoke-on-Trent's Prism Studios. Highly respected owner Shaun Lowe produced and mastered the recording. Commercial rights remained with Rock Garden Records with US distribution via Unrepentant Records. The band continued to gig in the UK and Europe during 2010. Plans for a second US tour were placed on hold with the departure of drummer Greg Newton. Short spells in the drum seat followed for Pete Caveney and Steve Wingrove before the arrival of Darlington based stickman Tommey Heaney late in December 2011. During 2012 Dogsflesh continued to gig in the UK and Europe performing in Germany at the prestigious 'Resists To Exist' Festival (Berlin) with other dates in Belgium and France. The serious illness of Tommy's wife in 2013 saw talented drummer and Guitarist Steve Wingrove re-join the band and it was with Steve in the hot seat that Dogsflesh made their debut appearance at the worlds biggest Punk Festival 'Rebellion', opening up Saturdays Festival on the prestigious Olympia 1 stage. Following rave reviews of their performance the band began to write new and exciting material and welcomed further bookings in Europe before commencing the 'Chaos In The UK' Tour in Nov 2013. The band plan to record a yet to be titled third LP in 2014 and expect to undertake a significant tour of the West Coat of America.
- Vision Of Hell - Unrepentant Records (US Pressing) - 2008
- Vision Of Hell - Rock Garden Music - 2007
- Revival Of Species - Rock Garden Music - 2010
- "Never Give In" - 1982
- "Mad Dog" - 1982
- "Destroy" - 1982
- "Fast Living Boy" - 1985
- "Out My Head" - 1985
- "Bloody Road to Death" - 1985
- "Mad Punks And Psycho Skins" - 1985
- Live at Wakefield - Rock Garden Music - 2005
- Bloody Road to Death - Rock Garden Music (Re-release) - 2005
- The Threat Remains - Rock Garden Music - 2006
- "New Bowery" - Teesbeat - 1984
- "Kids Union Records Comp" - 2009