Interview with Hey Bulldog

Hey Bulldog released their new Single ‘California’ on the 28th of June 2019 via Doing it to Death Records & Sister 9 Recordings. The bass-driven stoner rock track, inspired by Californian underground lo-fi legend Rex ‘Tatarex’ Thompson, is one of two singles the band plan to unveil ahead of their highly anticipated debut album which will be out later this year.

"California" is filled with fun riffs and a garage band sound.

I recently chatted with Rob Manton and you can check out the conversation below:

Emmy: How did the name come about?

Rob: Pre the Beatles reissues, and appearance on streaming sites, Hey Bulldog was a fairly rare hidden away album track. I recently read (Beatles Engineer) Geoff Emerick's book, and in it, he described how Hey Bulldog was probably the last song recorded as just the four Beatles together in one room. So, that combined with the fact the song has a great riff, melody, and a cool guitar solo seemed to fit the type of music I wanted to make.

Emmy: How would you describe your genre to someone who isn't familiar with your music?

Rob: Primarily we're a three-piece guitar, bass, drums and garage rock band with a few post-rock and electronic psych influences thrown in.

Emmy: How did the band form?

Rob: After getting some national play from Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music, I decided to put a live band together. I found Matt (Bass) through social media and, after several line-up changes, we eventually found Ben (Drums) a couple of years later. It was then that everything started to click as a full band.

Emmy: What are some of the artists that influence you?

Rob: We have a wide range of bands we like. The classics like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan are always in there, along with more modern acts like The Kills, Ty Segall, LCD Soundsystem, Idles and the Amazing Snakeheads.

Emmy: If you could tour with any artist or band (still active or not) who would it be?

Rob: Somebody like Neil Young, at any stage of his career, because he is someone who is always evolving and playing something different every night. It would be really special to learn from artists of his ilk.

Emmy: What is some tour must-haves for you? What keeps you going on the road?

Rob: When we went on tour in Italy the main things that kept us going were Cafe Macchiato’s and sandwiches. Add some water, beer, the odd pack of crisps, a decent playlist and we're good to go!

Emmy: What's your favourite show you've played?

Rob: Probably a festival show in Sicily. Playing in an amphitheatre with the sea behind us as a full moon moved across the sky was something very special indeed.

Emmy: You guys recently released " California" What can you tell me about the track?

Rob: It's a big fuzzy bass riff song that hopefully captures the spirit of the Californian garage rock sound, but done by a British band in 2019. The main idea from it came after my last trip out there and meeting some of the legendary musicians from that scene from bands like The Summer Hits

Emmy: Can we expect a full-length album soon?

Rob: An album is in the works. We aim to release it this winter (maybe early 2020)

Emmy: What does the future hold for Hey Bulldog?

Rob: We have a busy summer of festivals, like Kendal Calling and Cotton Clouds, a headline show in Manchester in September, and we'll also be releasing our first 7-inch single in a few months. We're also working on doing an album, too.

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