Q & A – Dog Faced Hermans

 

BAND?  DOG FACED HERMANS

ALBUM?  MENTAL BLOCKS FOR ALL AGES

YEAR?  1991

GENRE?  HMMMM…..YOU COULD SAY PUNK, BUT WITHOUT MOST OF ITS’ ANNOYING QUALITIES.  WE SUPPOSE “NO WAVE” OR “ART ROCK” AS WELL, BUT WITHOUT THE PRETENTIOUS BITS

WOULD YOU COMPARE THEM TO ANYONE?   SOMEWHERE BETWEEN LIVE SKULL, THE EX AND LONG FIN KILLIE

FOOTWEAR?  CRUSTY TRAINERS, COMBAT BOOTS OR DOC’S

DRUGS?  CAFFEINE, LAGER OR HASHISH

WHO WERE THEY?  SCOTTISH BAND FORMED IN 1986, LATER RELOCATING TO HOLLAND. CALLED IT QUITS IN 1995 AFTER RELEASING EIGHT ALBUMS.  ALL THEIR RECORDS ARE PRETTY GOOD, WE’RE PARTICULARLY FOND OF MENTAL BLOCKS.  MEMBERS WERE MARION COUTTS (VOX, TRUMPET), COLIN MCLEAN (BASS, GUITAR), ANDY MOOR (GUITAR, VIOLA), WILF PLUM (DRUMS)

WHY SHOULD I LISTEN/CARE?  BECAUSE IT ROCKS, AND WITH AN HONEST INTELLIGENCE.  THERE IS A LOT OF CRAP PUNK MUSIC OUT THERE – THESE GUYS DO IT REALLY WELL, AND IN A NON-CONVENTIONAL FORM.  THEY OFTEN MAINTAIN A DELICATE BALANCE BETWEEN BLISTERING, LUNATIC TEMPOS AND SLOWER, MELODIC TUNES.  SPACE IS EITHER SATURATED OR WIDE OPEN.  EVEN IF YOU DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH THEM AT FIRST WE SUGGEST MULTIPLE LISTENS.  EVENTUALLY, IT BECOMES INFECTIOUS.

 

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