Cardiff Alt-grunge trio Guide Dog recently released a taster of forthcoming new album with the hyper-electronic, edgy single ‘Dead Beat’, which was released via Hi-Vis Records on New Year’s Eve. ‘Dead Beat’ is the first single taken from brand new ‘Generation Y’ album expected this year.
In 2017 they released the debut Guide Dog album ‘Lovely Domestic Bliss’ on 12 inch vinyl which was: “Filth Pop of Dinosaur Junior levels of inordinate aceness” – Adam Walton, BBC Radio
The second album is being released in 2019, entitled ‘Generation Y’. It is accompanied by a book of poems entitled ‘Thou Shalt Stare Into Space’.
The first single – out on Hi Vis Records on Dec 31st 2018 – is called ‘Dead Beat’. It’s a love song.
Guide Dog are Peter Roberts (vocals/ guitar), John Maloney (drums) and Ian Russell (bass). Pete and John met in school and were 2/4 of Robot’s In The Sky, which first put out a red double A-Side 7″ in 1999 on the Cardiff Council funded label Complete Control.
Following that they put out their first LP as Tetra Splendour on EMI. Ian Russell then joined during a period as a five- piece called People In Planes, signed to Wind Up Records in New York.
Following the aborted 3rd record on Wind Up – which was being recorded in Real World Studios, Bath – Pete moved to London and helped form the first incarnation of Cold Specks (MUTE RECORDS) which was the brainchild of Ladan Hussein and producer Jim Anderson. During his time making and touring the first two albums with Cold Specks, the initial electronic incarnations of what would become Guide Dog were spawned.
Quitting touring to start a family and moving back to Wales in the process, Pete teamed back up with John to flesh out some of theGuide Dog songs into a raw 2-piece garage rock sound with a loop pedal for a third elementto the sound. Now with old friend and cohort Ian Russell bolstering the lineup.
Guide Dog is a three pronged grunge (albeit slightly synths new grunge, post grunge, uh, Sponge Grunge?) attack with the loop pedal element adding the extra spice on top.
The album entitled ‘Lovely Domestic Bliss’ which was produced by long term collaborator Dan Austin (140db), and was recorded in three days in Rockfield Studio, is available now on Pete’s own label Hi-Vis Records (digitally everywhere) and on 12″ Vinyl via Bandcamp.