Invercargill band hits smaller venues

00:43, Oct 05 2012
Phoney Dog
Ben Guild, left, and Jacob Wright of Invercargill-based band Phoney Dog with their first CD release.

Phoney Dog guitarist and vocalist Jacob Wright's dream gig would be "extravagant and ridiculous" - and in outer space.

That might be a bit of a challenge at the moment, so in the meantime the band hit the road on the heels of last month's  release of its debut EP, playing a seven-date tour in small venues between Invercargill and Christchurch, such as Wanaka and Riverton.

Wright said the decision to play these towns had come after a conversation with Logan Hampton of Dunedin-based alternative rock band Alizarian Lizard.

"He said it well worth it because the small towns don't get a lot of attention from bands."

Phoney Dog describe their sound as whacked-out garage rock.

The EP was recorded with Southern Institute of Technology Bachelor of Audio student Ryan Hazlitt-Black, who said the recording process was an amazing experience.


He felt privileged to work with such a talented band.

Guitarist Benjamin Guild said Hazlitt-Black was a "cool guy and [wasn't] afraid of anything".

The guitar style on the record was influenced by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss, as well as Warren Ellis from Grinderman and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Guild said.

Guild hoped that the band would take him abroad.

"Not that New Zealand is a bad place, but I want to travel while playing music".

Wright said the EP was available in digital format but was packaged like a CD.

"The full-length release will be on a CD and hopefully vinyl. That's some time away, mostly due to costs."

"Who knows, there could be some sweet black-circle goodness on the way," Wright said.

Albert Gooding, the guitarist for Invercargill-based sludge metal band Concubine, said Phoney Dog were made up of great musicians trying to make sense of making music in an age of mass communication.

"They seem to be setting and achieving goals systematically."