The Raindogs - The Adventures Of The Raindogs (Three Track Demo)
By Steve Rudd
Hull-based quartet The Raindogs are understandably turning ears in their direction with their
uniquely spirited brand of indie-fied rock 'n' roll, that magically manages to be damn
catchy come the choruses of all these three songs.
Stop Smiling is up first, and straight away band front man Martin Clappison stuns the senses with his
extraordinary voice: a voice that is both gruff and soulful at the same time, and utterly
compelling and smouldering as a result.
What have you done to smile about? What have you done to scream about?,
sings Martin, before second song Stick Around thrusts its neck out.
Stick Around contrasts with the demo-opening tune through its melancholic
Country-fuelled lilt that propels this Classic Rock-edged ballad that might remind
of the music of Proud Mary, or even Oasis in their most emotionally sensitive throes.
Martin's heartbreakingly tender vocals compliment the guitar melodies perfectly,
with the net result being that this anthem is both a beautifully conceived and
executed affair that can't fail to touch the heart.
Martin is one of the band guitarists, but it's former Still Life member Mike Richmond who's on lead
guitar, making every last note count, and who creates wonderful atmospherics that envelope all
the songs presented here.
Last but not least, Trajectory pits Phil Ives' funky bass-line against Dan Lydon's bold drum-beat,
allowing Martin room to push his voice into the fray above Mike's creative touch on lead.
Concerning itself with the trials and tribulations of good old 'life' itself, a subtle
Ska-esque flava sets the tone, with Martin musing Coming down is not the problem, it's the
landing that's the trick... You might as well stay up.
Not to be confused with the high-octane pop-punk of the Snowdogs, Hull's Raindogs are a genuine
breath of fresh air, clearly armed with some uplifting anthems that have the potential to
make the band name a household one in due course...
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Music News - Opportunity For The Best Hull Bands
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The CD will be distributed nationally and will have national press reviews -
The Guardian, NME, The Times etc.
If your band is interested in having one of your songs on the CD please make sure that:
1. The track is recorded to professional level.
2. The Song must have not been released on any
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