EXCLUSIVE ARTIST INTERVIEW: SOUND DOGS | PERFORMING OCTOBER 9TH AT BAR NINE
Sound Dogs, an indie rock band, perform original music inspired by an iconic era in rock and roll history. Their performance takes you back to a chaotic NYC in the ’70s when founder/songwriter/guitarist Charlie’s family owned the famous nightclub, the Coventry. Artists such as Kiss, The Ramones and The New York Dolls debuted here. Come for a journey and experience their stories through the decades!
In anticipation of their live show with us on October 9th at 9PM, the band was nice enough to email us from their home-base in New York to discuss their musical influences, live show experience, and what inspires them on a day-to-day basis
BN: Tell us the brief history of your band
SOUND DOGS: Formed four years ago by founder/songwriter/guitarist Charlie Sub; the band has 6 additional members. Pat Branch (bass), Rich Brotman (keyboards/videographer), Genevieve Favre (vocals), Pete Esser (saxophone/vocals), Gandhi Gonzalez (drums) and David Newman (guitar/vocals). Ironically, all band members are classically trained except founder Charlie Sub who was self taught! We have played diverse gigs all over greater New York from Mercury Lounge to Harlem’s Shrine, Pianos, Sidewalk Café and many other great clubs
BN: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
SD: Our band has a great back story, Charlie’s Dad, Paul Sub, owned Queens Coventry Nightclub in the 1970s. This ground-breaking nightspot introduced New York to glam and punk rock. Kiss played their 1 st performance there as well as many early shows with the Ramones, New York Dolls, Blondie, the Dictators and many other revolutionary bands. Charlie’s first job was with his Dad here and had a profound influence on his musical identity
BN: What are your dreams and goals?
SD: Every performer lives to be on stage and share their craft. It is hard work born out a labor of love and showmanship. As they saying goes-How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. We are fortunate enough that Charlie opened the Upper East Side 1970s inspired nightclub Ethyls with gogo girls, nightly DJs, 70s inspired cuisine and videos. We practice there weekly as well as are usually there after our shows and on weekends! A very nice perk!
BN: Who writes the songs, what are they about?
SD: Charlie has written all the material except for the covers. They deal with his early years in New York. Life, love, heart-ache, fatherhood, rock and roll and the nitty-gritty of 70s NYC are all powerfully expressed.
BN: How do you promote your band and shows?
SD: We have a very active online presence with our website, sounddogsnyc.com. Our posters are carefully curated for each gig with an emphasis on 1970s pop art, rock and roll and NYC.
Our band members have a diverse background in audio/video, music instruction, real estate, musical theater, law school studies etc and we reach out to our network of friends to come hang out with the Dogs!
BN: Describe your show, visual and musically
SD: Our band is 7 strong and they are individually extremely talented. They each have their moments to shine and through a lot of hard work we have curated a very unique sound.
Each song tells a story both musically through lyrics and a background video montage loop showcasing 1970s NYC and rock and roll and ourselves. It is truly a unique ROCK AND ROLL EXPERIENCE!
BN: What do you think about downloading music online?
SD: Music, as well as the whole entertainment industry, are going through revolutionary changes. Fans expect immediate access, behind-the-scenes glimpses as well as personal interaction. Shows are the most satisfying but each day brings unique opportunities to express our vision and craft. It truly is both challenging and exhilarating!
BN: What's your claim to fame?
SD: I think the Coventry story transcends the ages. A large warehouse type structure in a desolate part of Queens launched countless careers. It truly was a magical place where stars were born and people still say I remember when!
BN: Tell us a story about a day in your life
SD: We all lead busy lives with family, work, friends etc but each day is also devoted to refining our skills, enjoying other artists and just expanding our horizons!
BN: What inspires you to do what you do?
SD: You have to love what you do and do what you love whether it is artistically or personally. Life is too short
BN: What advice would you give to fellow bands?
SD: Collaborate and keep an open mind. Bands may not be democracies but each artist brings their life experiences and knowledge to your team. Rehearse and see what works. Share with friends or other professionals and learn from your mistakes. Lastly just have FUN!
BN: How does music affect you and the world around you?
SD: It truly is the dialogue of our times that can unite all people globally. Who doesn’t have a memory of epic concerts in either giant stadiums or intimate clubs? Or downloading or buying a record back in the day and rushing home to hear it
BN: What's new in the recording of your music?
SD: We are in the studio shortly working on a new EP and we are constantly rehearsing new material
BN: What are the biggest obstacles for bands?
SD: New York City is as competitive as you can get. Yet it just takes one agent to hear you in person, or on a podcast or on YouTube. Bands just need to keep plugging away, networking and putting the best product out there for the world to experience
BN: What;s the best and worst thing about playing clubs?
SD: I don’t think there is anything bad about playing clubs at all. The only challenge I believe exists because each venue has vastly different sound systems, staging, acoustics etc. But as a professional musician, you need to adjust on the fly
BN: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
SD: All our social media and our website are constantly updated. We typically play 3 shows a month. We bring high energy, smiles for miles and a little bit of doggish fun. Come join our pack!