My love of rock and metal go back some 30 years or so and the one thing that keeps me interested in this genre is discovering new bands. I used to do it by looking at vinyl sleeves in record stores but those days are long gone. Recently the internet and Facebook have become a great way to find new music and this band is one I discovered by chance as the support to LA Guns on a flyer. So imagine my surprise when I got their EP and found it was absolutely fantastic there is no feeling quite like that.
Bad Dog are a four piece rock band hailing from the rugged shores of North Wales in a town called Amlwch on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey.Formed in 2010, consisting of Martin John Byast (guitar & lead vocals), Oli Owen (guitar), Ben Langley (bass), Mark Beech (drums). Their brand of high octane, uncompromising rock n roll is rapidly gaining fans from all over the UK and beyond. In 2015, Bad Dog reached the national finals of The Highway to Hell VI, a competition held at the Sheffield O2 Academy every year to find the best unsigned UK rock bands. In 2016, Bad Dog released their self-titled debut EP, which features four self-penned tracks. The EP has been well received within local rock scenes and has received radio play across the country. The lads are a hard working close-knit unit with a tight sound and have gained invaluable experience providing support for The Quireboys, Big Country, and Electric Boys, they will also be supporting LA Guns later this year.
We blast into the first track, “Dead Man’s Shoes” which features a great intro before the guitars kick in with solid riff breaks followed by a great vocal performance. There is also some great solo work on this track and it’s a real solid rocker. We move onto “Hot Stuff” which starts really heavily and again turns into another great song. It’s hard to put a finger on the sound but it’s very catchy with heavy Blues Rock influences. If you like bands like Tora Tora this is for you. “Jupiter” again has a fabulous intro and then we get a really chugging riff, another heavy, catchy number. We finish with “Primal Scream” which starts with some great vocal work by Martin and then kicks into some lovely riffs. A really great way to finish this EP.
Bad Dog have all the makings of a great band and a great future. A really solid band with great sound, a great vocalist, and good songs. I wish them all the luck in the world
Mark 9 out of 10