I would easily take them for an American band because of their sound but Dogstate come from London’s Westway (the capital’s very own rock’n’roll main artery), making their base among the sinning streets of Kings Cross.
Singer Rich Garcia, bassist Paul Garcia, guitarist Rich Groom and drummer Wayne Casserly recorded Dogstate’s debut EP “War Baby” in 2011 with producer Pat Collier (Primal Scream, Jesus and Mary Chain, The Vibrators).
The band fuses high octane rock, blues and punk right from the very first note of the opening track “Colt”.
Nicely crafted heavy aggressive guitars with a baritone voice and tenor vocal range reminding me sometimes of Glen Danzig.
“War Baby” that follows starts with a nice guitar riff but gives drummer Wayne Casserly the opportunity to show his talent changing from mid tempo to speed metal, using fine breaks and revealing pauses.
Good melodies by Rich Garcia on “Never Enough” especially on the chorus and cool guitar riffs.
Things cool down a bit on the closing track “I Fall” with Rich’s voice reminding me a bit of Ian Ashbury’s of the Cult.
“War Baby” was released in 2011 and as far as I know Dogstate are always on tour.
Catch them live or order their EP HERE
Heartbreaker is the only new studio track for the time being.