Ed The Dog brought indie-pop bangers by the bucketload to 2018, unleashing an infectious debut album chock-full of lo-fi stonkers called ‘Shame’.

High Wycombe’s Ed Wetenhall kickstarted the project after the break-up of his previous band Fish Tank, and has gone from strength to strength since, touring with Liverpool garage-rockers Circa Waves and landing a spot at The Great Escape Festival as part of the First Fifty.

With Ed The Dog set to headline our first Hidden Herd Presents: SPTLGHT show at Green Door Store on Friday 8th February, we spoke to the man himself ahead of an exciting year.

How would you describe Ed The Dog to a stranger?

“Like someone cried in their attic for a year and then uploaded it to Spotify.”

Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?

“Darwin Deez is probably the most influential, purely because he kind of inspired the whole ‘just make it in the loft’ approach to the debut record. Without his first record and article detailing how it was done, I’m not sure I would have had the balls to do the whole thing at home to be honest. I’d say I’m also very influenced by David Longstreth from Dirty Projectors and Gorden Raphael who did the first couple of Strokes records.”

What was the best gig you’ve played so far?

“Probably Tunbridge Wells Forum the other day on the Circa Waves tour. Not only was our show one of the best we’ve ever played, but Charlie Lashmar and I had to step in for Circa Waves guitarist Joe Falconer, because he’d sliced his palm open trying to open a bottle of wine the day before in Guildford. We learnt four or five tracks each that morning. It was nerve-racking as hell! It’s the most unreal feeling playing songs you’ve loved for years, in a band you’ve loved for years, to a sold out crowd screaming every word back.”

You’re based in High Wycombe – what’s your local music scene like?

“There’s no shortage of great bands here currently (Only Sun, DIDI, Dolly and The Dinosaur, Inhaler – to name just a few) or great venues either (Bucks SU, The Phoenix Bar, The Antelope, etc). However, I am slightly dubious to comment on the current scene given that I remember it most fondly from the late ’00s before I moved to Kent for some years while studying at uni. I remember The Nags Head was kind of the epicentre for music lovers / Wycombe bands back then and touring bands knew it was worth a stop on tour because you were bound to get in front of people genuinely enthusiastic about live music of any ilk. I think the Wycombe scene is doing pretty well in spite of Nags closing up for good though. Hell, The Hosiers sold out The Antelope last year and everyone’s still waiting on the Kings of Leon reunion show at The White Horse pub/strip club (they played their first ever UK show there).”

Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?

“Another Sky – Probably the best live act I saw last year. I saw them at Electrowerkz and they tore the fucking roof off. Catrin Vincent is a goddamn rockstar and Jack Gilbert’s production is frankly unreal.

Sure Sure – My mate Pat got me onto these at the end of last year and I’m sad to say I gave their self-titled debut album a once over before promptly forgetting about it and the band’s existence. Then I heard their latest single ‘Idiot’ and I was completely obsessed with that song (along with the album ‘Midnight Marauders’ by ATCQ for reasons that need no explanation if you’ve heard that record) for the entirety of tour. I decided to go looking for more Sure Sure after the tour and found the very album I’d basically dismissed months prior! Needless to say, I had far more appreciation for the absolute genius that it is second time around. If you’re reading this Pat / Sure Sure: I’m sorry. You’re great. I wish I’d written ‘Giants’. Please forgive the error of my ways.

Orchards – BRIGHTON REPRESENT. These kooky kids have been making great music for quite some time and they absolutely deserve all the success that’s coming their way. Also, Sam Rushton and Will Lee-Lewis are the greatest team of liars I’ve ever had the unfortunate pleasure of playing ‘One Night Ultimate Werewolf’ with.”

And finally, what does 2019 hold for Ed The Dog?

“A second album? More music for sure. Basically lots more touring and art and office supplies.
There are a lot of things in the diary which I can’t say anything about yet, but without saying too much, it certainly looks like it’s shaping up to be a very busy year.”

Ed The Dog will play Hidden Herd Presents: SPTLGHT at Green Door Store on Friday 8th February in Brighton alongside Safe To Swim, Talk Show and Lacuna Bloome. Tickets are available via DICE.