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Kerbdog are a heavy rock band from Kilkenny in the Republic of Ireland who began writing in 1991. Their music has been described as “an unbending alloy of matt-black, titanium-tough metal and shimmering melody.”, in contrast to compatriots U2’s “fake authenticity” and the “tyranny of soul” espoused by Van Morrison. U2 & Van Morrison being from very different areas naturally!

Kerbdog were formed in 1991 by Cormac Battle (vocals/guitar), Colin Fennelly (bass guitar) and Darragh Butler (drums) under the repressive regime of the Christian Brothers. Darragh went to St. Kieran’s College thus escaping the Christian Brothers. The band members were underage drinkers and self-described lousy students, (despite obtaining 3rd level degrees) devoting their energies to music rather than studies. Their early live shows primarily consisted of cover versions of songs by Sonic Youth, Loop, Spaceman 3 and Fudge Tunnel. Billy Dalton (guitar) joined the band in March 1992.

Initially Cormac was suspicious of Billy’s liking for Metallica and Slayer. Though he liked elements of the sound, he feared the genre’s tendency toward dragging its knuckles along the ground. Equally Billy regarded Cormac’s fascination with the British and New York undergrounds as obnoxious and elitist. What they both recognised in each other was a certain uncompromising determination.


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  • karlosmorale

    Not many albums still get repeated plays from the mid 90s. Kerbdog, The Wildhearts, Urge Overkill - esteemed company! Seriously, you can get the kerbdog albums as free downloads from the band's homepage so do it now. Kerbdog is immense.

    4 Oct 2011 Reply
  • gnbird

    Kerdog members form a new band, "Souls". Here is a rehearsal teaser, I wish there was more but this is all we got......

    28 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Volcomaestro

    Great band and really nice guys too. They played the Buckley Tivoli in North Wales where I used to live loads inthe mid 90s and always put on an awesome show.

    6 Dec 2010 Reply
  • jasonplant

    just discovered by old CD's, debut album was amazing. Bought it after seeing them support The Almighty at the Leeds T&C club in '93

    8 Oct 2010 Reply
  • mondomg

    Thank you gnbird for the link. Now it's time to scrobble some Kerbdog!

    18 Sep 2010 Reply
  • gnbird

    I listened to some of the tribute songs and I'm not feeling it. If some of the bands that toured with Kerbdog did some tracks, like Therapy? Understand, or Helmet (with Stanier)....that would be worth buying IMHO

    8 Mar 2010 Reply
  • knievel_genius

    Has everyone checked out the kerbdog tribute CD that's coming out in March. Also launch party in Dublin March 6th...

    20 Jan 2010 Reply
  • groo-7

    the link below is very much recommended

    14 Nov 2009 Reply
  • gnbird

    Kerbdog opened all their music for free download a while ago, why can't we stream on If anyone needs the link here it is, this includes some kick ass live recordings that are required downloads

    3 Nov 2009 Reply
  • mondomg

    I got the self-titled album few years ago from my uncle and I still listen to it frequently. However, there aren't any of their tracks on my account since I didn't bother to make a rip of this CD. Great band, wonderful music that was with me in the most difficult and memorable moments in my life. I remember when I searched for them before and strangely didn't find anything but now I see there are people who know what I'm talking about :)

    30 Jun 2009 Reply
  • longball2no1

    Saw them at 100 Club Oxford Street London around the time On The Turn was released. Great album.

    25 May 2009 Reply
  • Lynam

    UP THE KATS!!!

    29 Nov 2008 Reply
  • throughsilver

    They need to play Leeds. Or at least play a gig when I'm not away for xmas :(

    9 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Stranger_by_Day

    Man, I love this band! They were truely awesome two weeks ago in the Pumphouse, with Billy Dalton back on guitar!

    3 Sep 2008 Reply
  • ppriess08

    woah!! i have their self named album! bought it in 1994 in a trip to europe!! they sounded amazing!

    26 Aug 2008 Reply
  • karlosmorale

    Random fact: Kerbdog was the 2nd album I ever copied off good_dancer onto a D90.

    1 Aug 2008 Reply
  • good_dancer

    Random fact: Kerbdog was the 2nd album I ever bought.

    31 Jul 2008 Reply
  • throughsilver

    More than welcome, shokked. Ta for reading! God, it's been another year since that album came out. Time flies when yer getting old!

    2 May 2008 Reply
  • shokked

    simply a great band. so sad that they split... @throughsilver: great blog! thx!

    2 Mar 2008 Reply
  • kenzolo

    fucking legends from my hometown :D

    3 Nov 2007 Reply
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