DOG FACED GODS, a no-holds-barred, rock quartet from the ancient San Manuel Indian Reservation in California, recently released its debut CD, "Stoned Council", on Voodoo Nation/AGU Music.
Incorporating the traditional sounds of their native heritage with the pulse-pounding sounds of today's alt-metal movement and even a little hip-hop and psychedelic rock rhythms thrown in for good measure, DOG FACED GODS' debut effort is a mature and eclectic album which stands out among today’s young rock acts.
Considered rare for a new band to demonstrate such a deep understanding of musical genres, guitarist "Snakeyez" Torres says it all comes naturally. In fact, he believes that every sound that they produce is the combined result of their experiences living on the reservation as well as their individual tastes.
"Having grown up on the rez, our past definitely sticks with us. Those experiences — and what we've seen around us and the world at large — are reflected in our music," he says. "I think a lot of today's music is music without meaning. Songs should take you on a voyage. I'm proud of our diverse influences and where they help take our music."
And, according to drummer Paul Garcia, the band's influences couldn't be any more diverse. "I listen to a lot of punk, hardcore and metal music — nothing mainstream. My influences are a bit different from the rest of the group. I'm trying to corrupt them!" he laughs.
But all kidding aside, DOG FACED GODS has achieved in one album what most bands can't seem to accomplish in a lifetime. Which they say can be greatly attributed to producer Bobby Brooks' efforts. Previously working with bands like P.O.D. and ZEBRAHEAD, Brooks brought a unique perspective to the project that DOG FACED GODS say made all the difference, especially with their first single "Brings Me Down".
Already enjoying early spins at such stations as KASS FM (Casper, WY) and WQAK FM (Union City, TN), "Brings Me Down" is receiving positive feedback from program directors across the country and is being hailed as the song that may just catapult the band to the next level.
Yet, DOG FACED GODS know that the real key to capturing audiences’ attention is through their live performances, which bass guitarist Fernando "Nando" Gonzalez says is the band’s strong point. "Our performances are much heavier and more intricate than our album," he says. "We tend to stretch out and detour into funky instrumental jams."
The band has started mapping out a tour that is expected to keep them on the road all summer long with gigs at such well-known venues as the Whisky A Go-Go and the Roxy. The next appearance is scheduled for Friday, April 29 at the Whisky.
For all the latest news and tour dates, visit www.dogfacedgods.com.