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CD THE DOGS D'AMOUR CYBER RECORDINGS 2013 Review

THE DOGS D'AMOUR

CYBER RECORDINGS 2013

DYNAMITE JET SALOON RECORDS

2013

 

 

OLD DOGS NEW TRICKS (IS THAT TOO OBVIOUS)

 

 

It’s been a long time since we heard from the original line up of The Dogs D’Amour and it took a tragedy to bring the guys together again, but the end result was a glorious series of shows (that sadly I was unable to witness) and new material. That material is collected here on the ‘Cyber Recordings 2013’ EP. I’m sure, like me, many fans didn’t believe it till it actually happened.

 

 

As it says on the reverse of the EP, which is adorned with some great new artwork by the hand of Tyla, this was recorded in London (Tyla), Miami (Bam), Los Angeles (Jo) and Saltburn on Sea (Steve)… It’s amazing what you can do over the internet these days…

 

 

Of course it was always going to be very, very good, but even I was a little taken aback by how good it actually is. Of course it was never going to be like the old days but it’s interesting to hear how much it really does evoke those times, something that a lot of bands that regroup miss spectacularly by trying to make a statement rather than please the fans. You feel here that the mandate was to recapture the spirit of that classic line-up just to celebrate what was. And in the circumstances that is the very best reason.

 

 


‘FlameBoy' is a big ‘welcome back Bam’ before Jo breaks out the bottleneck and Steve’s bass kicks in: it’s almost like hearing a “previously with the Dog’s D’Amour” type intro before Tyla finally walks in on the party centre-stage.  It’s almost too much to take that it perfectly recaptures the moment exactly where we left off. It’s a great reintroduction and a wonderful song.

 

 


Next up ‘Walk Away’ is gentler. More laid back and possibly the most completely satisfying song here: it’s a great song with a gentle refrain, great guitar and sets a beautiful mood. It’s The Dogs playing in velvet, plush and comfortable without feeling complacent. So far so much more than we dared hope for.

 

 


Taking it up a notch, 'Hotel Daze' manages to recapture that other side of the Dogs: a mid-tempo number with the emphasis on a great vocal, killer solo and chilling vibe. It’s the sort of song that could easily have made its mark on anything from ‘Straight’ on.

 

 


Closer 'Living On' is so laid back it sounds like the perfect drunken late night waltz. The girl in your arms, the Dogs on the stage, the smoke in your eyes! It’s enough to conjure a tear as the band leaves the stage and the EP ends. I hope the guys enjoyed making this as much as I did listening to it.

 

 


With so much water under the bridge, the band dispersed to the four corners of the world (OK small exaggeration there, unless Saltburn on Sea really is next to Ulan Bator) it’s great to hear them again. Whether anything else will come of it especially with Tyla in the form of his life is hard to say, but it would be nice to hear more wouldn’t it? It would be grand to have one more pint in that Dynamite Jet Saloon. Let’s hope this isn’t last orders…

 

 

 www.thedogsdamour.com

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD THE DOGS D'AMOUR CYBER RECORDINGS 2013 Review 2013