LOMM: Pandemic has taken an emotional toll on everyone yet the arts have been hit especially hard. The musicians are vulnerable to financial upheaval. How have you guys been holding up?
Deathless Dogs: We are both lucky enough to have jobs that have remained stable through the pandemic, so we haven’t really had to worry about much financially. It has still been really hard to not be able to see our friends and family like we want to, and not being able to play live has been tough.
LOMM: On the other hand you seem to have had a productive time. Is that right?
Deathless Dogs: We had some great shows lined up for 2020 that unfortunately were all cancelled, but we’ve used the time to stay busy in other ways. We’ve been doing a weekly whiskey review show on our social media which has been a lot of fun. We are also always working on new music, so that hasn’t slowed down at all.
LOMM: What does your genre mean to you, why did you choose this genre?
Deathless Dogs: I guess the genre we fall into is just a natural fit. It’s the music we make when we play together, and wasn’t ever something we discussed or set a goal to sound like.
LOMM: How did the initial musical and thematic elements evolve?
Deathless Dogs: On our first album, many of the songs dealt with Eddy’s time in the Iraq war and the events surrounding that. Those songs were largely written on acoustic guitar, and that album has a lighter feel. Once we got into a place where we were playing live more often, the writing evolved. Things got heavier, faster, and we were able to explore more ideas. Our latest EP “Five Across The Eyes” is probably our heaviest release yet, but also goes back to some of the themes touched on in that first album.
LOMM: Are you happy with your product? I mean, what aspects of it do you think you guys nailed, and what parts do you think you could improve
Deathless Dogs: Overall we are very happy with how the EP turned out. The energy of our music is well captured, and we had a lot of guest appearances from our friends in other local bands, so it’s fun to listen and hear their contributions. There are always things that can be improved in any project, but this EP really got across the message we were trying to convey.
LOMM: How has the overall reception been?
Deathless Dogs: So far it’s been overwhelmingly positive. We’ve had good numbers on Spotify, gotten some great reviews, and sales are going well through bandcamp. We just wish we could be out playing the songs live to get that immediate reaction that you can only get by taking it to the stage.
LOMM: Have you ever been on a tour? Given live performances? Is it tough for you not to be able to do so now?
Deathless Dogs: It’s very hard to not be playing live. Over the last two years we were expanding our radius of live shows, and had set up shows in spots we’d never played in 2020 with some great bands we had wanted to play with for a while. Unfortunately it is looking like it is going to be awhile before we can get back to playing out, but safety is more important than anything.
LOMM: What do you see for your future? How is it looking?
Deathless Dogs: We are just going to keep pushing along and doing our thing. We had some great momentum on our side prior to this pandemic, and we’re hoping to hit the ground running when it’s safe to do so again.
LOMM: Could you tell us about the lyrics / themes /concepts you focus on or plan to focus on? How did the ideas come about, and how do they influence the writing process? Who is writing the lyrics?
Deathless Dogs: Eddy wrote the lyrics on “Five Across The Eyes”, and they deal in large part with Eddy’s time after coming home from the Iraq war. It’s a very personal EP in that regard, but one that is relatable to all kinds of people who have had similar struggles. When we are writing there are a lot of riffs and ideas we kick around, but nothing ever really comes together until there are some lyrics in place to build structure off of.
LOMM: Which is more exciting? Being on the road or studio?
Deathless Dogs: Playing live is definitely more exciting in the moment. Being in the studio is great, but it doesn’t provide that visceral energy of a live crowd screaming and putting their drinks in the air.
LOMM: What bands do you draw your inspiration from?
Deathless Dogs: Rolling Stones, Heartless Bastards, Clutch, Queens of the Stone Age, Cold War Kids, Andrew WK, Stephen Malkmus/Pavement, and plenty more.
LOMM: What’s more important to you? Catering to the audience or music for its own sake?
Deathless Dogs: We make the music we want to hear. If you are trying to make music that you think other people want, or trying to jump on a trend, it’s very obvious. People respond better to artists and bands that are making music that is real, and means something to them. So in a way, making music for yourself that you really care about is the best way to cater to a crowd.
LOMM: When you look back at your music career, what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Deathless Dogs: All of the great friends we have made through music. When we listen to this EP we hear the playing and voices of people we truly love and respect as musicians as well as people. The fact that they are willing to be a part of our music is truly an honor.