The band was founded in 1999 at the instigation of Ray who challenged a group of people to form a group to play at a Millennium party in Hemel Hempstead, UK. Of those that accepted, soon only Wesson remained. Meanwhile, Binmore operated as an acoustic singer-songwriter, more heard about than actually heard.
As a duo, Dogghead performed sporadically before making two albums, “Zero” in 2001 and “After Birth” the following year. On the second record, they performed one of Binmore’s songs “Mad At You” in a radically revised manner from his original version. At the same time, Wesson co-produced Binmore’s solo album “November Child” and both he and Ray appeared instrumentally on it.
This cross pollination led to Binmore joining the band for their third CD “That’s the Difference… Between You, Me & Him” which was aptly-named. Its 13 diversely-styled songs (all Dogghead albums have 13 tracks) were divided almost equally amongst the three band members with no settled instrumental responsibility and vocal duties apparently assigned at random. Despite this, it is, of course, an unalloyed masterpiece…
After increased live activity during 2005, Dogghead are currently in the studio working on their fourth CD, supposedly to be titled “Sanity Towel”. Song titles such as “Song for Jane”, “Square One”, “Know My Own Mind” and “Kick Me When I’m Down” are rumoured, but for now the world must wait…
On July 27th 2008 three songs from the sessions were uploaded to last.fm by the band’s record company.
They were Square One, Song For Jane and the previously unrumoured You is Bad. The record title appeared to have changed to Fourth Coming, but this may just be another working title.
On December 17th 2008 the record company uploaded a fourth track Height of the Summer
As at February 11th 2013 they had been joined by Know My Own Mind, Another Dreary Day, Kick Me While I’m Down and Staggering Promise.
The record will apparently be completed by the tracks “Too Late”, “149 Apostle Street”, “All for the Love of Mine”, “She Loved that Green Place” and “303”.
Edited by MagicDave on 11 Feb 2013, 22:34
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