South Walian three piece Guide Dog are let off the leash on this garage rock stormer. squealing chunky bar chords, big bounding baselines, clattering drums and witty lyrics that subvert rock cliches delivered with a wink in the eye (“I’m under pressure…I’ve got a bag for life because I’m so clever”). Playfully reassembling the wreckage of Nirvana‘s In Utero and the Big Black, and giving it a strut in its step. Unlike many of the young 90s revivalist, it never takes itself too seriously, as it rifles through the perils of your mid-thirties, parenthood and working in accounts in the construction industry.
Guide Dog are Peter Roberts (vocals/ guitar), John Maloney (drums) and Ian Russell (bass).
Pete and John met in school and were 2/4 of Robots In The Sky, which first put out a red double A-Side 7″ in 1999 on the Cardiff Council funded label Complete Control.
Following that they put out their first LP as Tetra Splendour on EMI. Ian Russell then joined during a period as a five-piece called People In Planes, signed to WInd Up Records in New York.
Their album entitled ‘Lovely Domestic Bliss’ which was produced by long-term collaborator Dan Austin (140db), and was recorded in three days in Rockfield Studio, is coming out on Pete’s own label Hi-Vis Records (digitally everywhere) and on 12″ Vinyl (through iamtheguidedog.bandcamp.com) on July 7th.