Dogs and Bones is proving that statement with every face-melting performance. The boys of D ‘n B are a wall of feedback over an avalanche of drums while the bottom pushes you across the dance floor; as if The White Stripes meet The Rolling Stones near The Yardbirds around the corner from Jet, the Black Crowes and the Who in Bob Dylan's hood.
With Greig McRitchie on guitars and vocals, Phil Cohen on drums and vocals and Duke "The Duke" Carpenter filling out the bottom end on bass, Dogs and Bones is a complete ensemble of talent and experience.
Each of the three musicians has played an integral role in the LA music scene. McRitchie earned his keep in the underground rockabilly group Hedonist. Cohen was an original member of legendary LA bands The Heaters and Mr. Lucky. Carpenter has racked up a number of credits as a "gun for hire" for artists looking for a label deal. He took over on bass for Dogs and Bones after the legendary Steve "Liberty" Loria passed away in early 2010.
Dogs and Bones are going against the grain. With recent reviews in Music Connection magazine and performances at the infamous House of Blues, the Viper Room, and Cranes in Hollywood, the band is leaving their mark.
How do you describe your music to people?
PHIL: With caution (they both laughed). Classic rock with a modern twist.
GREIG: I agree but I think we also have a little Rock-a-Billy and a bit of 60s Psychedelic.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
PHIL: I first fell in Love with the drums when I heard Gene Krupa. I thought it was the coolest thing I ever heard. And if you listen to our music you'll the hear a little of the Gene Krupa influence.
GREIG: I wanted to play the guitar when I first saw Keith Richards on the Ed Sullivan show. I loved how he could express himself with just his fingers.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
PHIL: Am I allowed to say this on the radio?
GREIG: I don't think so. We better think of something else.
PHIL: Playing music to a live audience.
GREIG: Yes. We tried playing music at Forest Lawn Cemetery and there was NO REACTION. So we just love to play.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
GREIG: Making sure the audience keeps up with us. We are a fast paced band that pulls out a lot of tricks and changes direction quickly.
PHIL: Yea you got to keep up!
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
PHIL: A musician and a writer.
GREIG: A doctor!
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
GREIG: LA music scene is interesting since people only go out to see the band they are interested in. No one just goes out to hear music. I feel they should and we are trying to encourage people to stop watching TV and go around the corner and hear something new and interesting.
What other artists out there do you love?
PHIL: It's always interesting to see what Jack White is up to. And being "old school" I love to check out Dylan and Neil Young.
GREIG: I agree on those artists. I sometimes just go onto I TUNES and type in a local band and then end up buying the albums of the "other" bands suggested. That's how I heard about DEERHOOF.
What does your future hold?
GREIG: We intend on selling our songs to movies, commercials, TV and through our website.
PHIL: We would love to continue to play for more and more people.