[Interview] Down with Rebel Dogs [GR]

Rebel Dogs band photo
At the new episode of "Down with.." we had a little chat with Rebel Dogs. A power heavy rock trio from Athens. Get to know 'em better by reading our little interview...
Welcome to Downtuned Tell us a few words about the group, when and where did you get started? How did you meet?
Tasos (bass, vocals) came up with the idea of creating a heavy rock band back in 2008. It took a few years and several former members for this idea to become a band. In 2014 Stavros, who was looking for a band of this genre, became the drummer of Rebel Dogs and Kyriakos (guitar) joined the band in 2015. Kyriakos started playing with a little bit of hesitation because he had never played in a heavy rock trio before but as he now states: "I can't wait for the rehearsal time to come." So, watch out. It's contagious!

Which are your musical influences?
Many influences from different genres of rock for each of us. Let's say some classic like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Ritchie Blackmore and even newer stuff like Nirvana, Kyuss, Clutch and the list could go ooon and on and on… It's heaven and hell! So, as you can figure out we're looking to create and imprint some heavy and vintage sounds.

What’s your lyrics about? What catches your interest?
The lyrics are involved with social worries in a personal way. Our way, our point of view. Either from personal experience or by "sucking' other people's moments. Anything that can provoke our interest and our need to make a statement.

Is the communication with the crowd something that you care about, in all levels, or do you do music for yourselves?
Of course, it all begins by having a good time playing music, expressing your feelings and creativity through composing and performing songs. But eventually this process leads to publishing albums and performing live shows. So, there is no doubt we care about communication with the crowd in all levels. We think interaction is the main characteristic of a healthy society.

Rebel Dogs cover art
Do you feel like you’re a part of a particular "scene" in which you would like to join and contribute or you are indifferent about it?
The heavy scene in our country is growing really fast the last few years and the "borders" seem to be widening. Some call it stoner, some call it southern or psychedelic or even doom and many more "names". We see it as Heavy Rock with all the above influences and this is the scene we would like to join and contribute. And we are really happy that it's flourishing lately.

How do you imagine that the band will be in ten years from now?
Several studio albums, uncountable live shows and an unquenchable thirst for composing and playing. And of course, huge gain of experience as individuals by meeting new people that have the same passion about music.

Which famous artist you would like to do a guest to a record of yours and why?
Oh shit. Now that's a hard one. Should we begin from the dead or the living ones? I think that anyone, famous or not, who would like to join our forces and create something beautiful would be a great honor for us. As far as the famous ones, artists like Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Pepper Keenan (COC, Down), Josh Homme (qotsa, etc), John Garcia (Kyuss, etc), Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch), Tom Morello (ratm, Audioslave), Al Cisneros (Sleep, Om) are some that pops in mind right now. We have huge respect for them and they have heavily influenced us as musicians.

What plans do you have for the near future?
We are almost done with the composition of our first full length album. We hope that by the end of this year it will be ready for release. Meanwhile we intend to play live shows. As many as possible!

We wish you good luck to whatever you’re doing, the epilogue is yours.
Hmm... We'd like to wish good luck to ourselves too. Now seriously, Downtuned thank you very much for giving us the chance to speak our minds and spread our music. We hope we'll meet every and each one of you readers at some gig, cause that's what's all about. Until then... STAY HEAVY DOGS.


by Kavaldi

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