Dogsflesh

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Dogsflesh
Origin Teesside, England
Genres Rock /Metal / UK 82 Punk
Years active 1982–1985, 2005–present
Labels Unrepentant Records (US), Rock Garden Music (UK)
Website www.dogsflesh.co.uk
Members Rob Moore (Guitar/Vocals)
Tim Whitfield (Bass)
Kev Bambra (Drums)
Anth 'Patti' Pattinson (Lead Guitar)
Past members Steve James (2014–2015)
Tommy Heaney (2012–2014)
Pete Caveney (2011),
Greg Newton (2008–2010)
John McQuade (1983–1985, 2005–2009)
John Lavender (1983–1985, 2005–2006)
Richie Pendlington (2006–2007)
Nigel Johnson (Nigsy) (1984–1985)
Jim (1982–1983)
Marty (1982–1983)
Perky (1982–1983)

Dogsflesh are an English 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.[1] Currently active and performing in the UK & internationally every year since 2005.

Their 2016 musical style has shifted more towards Rock / Metal, but the bands early influences can still be heard.

Their initial line-up consisted of Rob on guitar, Perky on Drums, Jim on bass, and Marty on vocals and 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 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 Redcar's 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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

2005–2009 The Re-Birth and International Shows[edit]

In 2005, Dogsflesh reformed with past members Rob Moore, Tim Whitfield, John McQuade, and John Lavender, touring extensively in the UK, Italy France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Austria. Richie took over on drums in April 2006 and in August 2007 they headlined the B Stage of the Antifest Festival in the Czech Republic.

September 2007 saw the band embark on their first U.S. tour, 15 gig, 5,000 mile road trip across 7 states. A tour organised and booked by the band themselves with support from American bands at each venue. Stand out shows included Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Long Beach.

Richie was replaced in May 2008 by Greg. In 2009, Dogsflesh continued to play throughout the UK and Europe.[2]

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.[2] In 2008, Vision Of Hell was re-pressed and released in North America on Unrepentant Records.[3] Dogsflesh contributed their track, "Fuck All", to Kids Union Records in China for inclusion on a compilation album due out in Spring 2009.[2]

2009–2014 - UK, Europe and 2nd Full-length album[edit]

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. Produced and mastered by Shaun Lowe. This recordings 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 Czech Republic, Belgium and France. The serious illness of Tommy's wife in 2013 saw talented drummer, guitarist and songwriter Steve Wingrove rejoin the band. With Steve in the hot seat 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 continued to write new and exciting material and welcomed further bookings in Europe before commencing the 'Chaos In The UK' Tour in Nov 2013.

2015–2016[edit]

2015 saw some big changes for the band in line up and musical direction. Steve Wingrove moved on to other projects and two new members came into the group. Highly experienced Kev Bambra took over on drums and dynamic lead guitarist Anth 'Patti' Pattison took over on lead guitar. The new line up quickly gelled and started to produce new material with more of a rock / metal feel. The band's trademark energy remained, but the new material carried a broader appeal and attracted interest away from the bands traditional hardcore punk following. Tracks like "So Fucked Up" and "Lamb To the Slaughter" representing this new style. In 2015 6 new songs were recorded at Stokes Prism Studio's towards what will be the band's third studio album Critical Response, scheduled for release in Autumn 2016.

The band gigged throughout 2015 across the UK (including an appearance at the North East Calling festival), Holland, Germany (Berlin) and in early 2016 the band performed in Greece for the first time, at the country's biggest punk Festival, 'Vive Le Punk' in Athens.

2016 -present. 3rd Studio Album, new direction[edit]

With a strong stable line up featuring dynamic and accessible new material, Dogsflesh stormed forward in 2016 and reduced their live appearances to record a further 6 tracks for the release of their 3rd full studio album 'Critical Response'. Recorded at Prism Studios in Stoke-On-Trent and produced and mixed by Shaun Lowe.

By far the bands most diverse album musically it see's the band move into a more 'crossover' style between punk and metal, with a range of tracks that stretch into and blend both musical genres whilst creating something entirely unique.

The title itself, 'Critical Response' carries a double meaning. 1) The album providing a Critical (emergency) response to the stagnated punk scene in some areas of the UK, and 2) Knowing the new sound on the album may challenge some of their more traditional fan-base, it invites peoples critical (for better or worse) reaction to it.

Scheduled for release in Autumn 2017 the Albums track listing has been confirmed as;- Critical Response, Broken Beaten Scarred, Angels Only Bleed, So Fu**ed Up, House Of Cards, Svengali, Rise Up, Lamb To The Slaughter, Walk In My Shoes, Behind The Screen , Backstabber, Implode, Angels Only Weep (Acoustic).

International Appearances 2005–2016[edit]

  • Czech Republic (x10), Slovakia (1), Austria (1) Netherlands (x4) Italy (x6), France (x4) Germany (x6) Belgium (x3) United States Of America (15), Greece (1)

Major festivals played[edit]

  • Anitfest (Cz Replublic), Resist To Exist (Germany), Rebellion (UK), North East Calling (UK), Vive La Punk (Greece),

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Vision Of Hell - Unrepentant Records (US Pressing) - 2008
  • Vision Of Hell - Rock Garden Music - 2007
  • Revival Of Species - Rock Garden Music - 2010
    • Critical Response - Now recorded & mixed. Due for release Autumn 2017.

Singles/demos[edit]

  • "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 albums[edit]

  • Live at Wakefield - Rock Garden Music - 2005

EPs[edit]

  • Bloody Road to Death - Rock Garden Music (Re-release) - 2005
  • The Threat Remains - Rock Garden Music - 2006

Compilation albums[edit]

  • "New Bowery - Teesbeat - 1984
  • "Kids Union Records Comp" - 2009
  • Split Artist EP (with 'Psycho Sickness' released in Malaysia/ far east by Guldang Records

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