“Dead Beat” Guide Dog

"Dead Beat" by Guide Dog is Northern Transmissions' 'Song of the Day.' The song is off the Welsh trio's release 'Lovely Domestic Bliss.'
"Dead Beat" by Guide Dog

Guide Dog are Peter Roberts (vocals/ guitar), John Maloney (drums) and Ian Russell (bass). Pete and John met in school and were 2/4 of Robot’s In The Sky, which first put out a red double A-Side 7″ in 1999 on the Cardiff Council funded label Complete Control. Their single “Dead Beat” was released on Dec 31st via His-vis Records. The track is described as a Love Song.

The album entitled Lovely Domestic Bliss was produced by long term collaborator Dan Austin (140db), and was recorded in three days in Rockfield Studio, is out now on Pete’s own label Hi-Vis Records (digitally everywhere) and on 12″ Vinyl via Bandcamp.

Following the aborted 3rd record on Wind Up – which was being recorded in Real World Studios, Bath – Pete moved to London and helped form the first incarnation of Cold Specks (MUTE RECORDS) which was the brainchild of Ladan Hussein and producer Jim Anderson. During his time making and touring the first two albums with Cold Specks, the initial electronic incarnations of what would become Guide Dog were spawned.

Quitting touring to start a family and moving back to Wales in the process, Pete teamed back up with John to flesh out some of the Guide Dog songs into a raw 2-piece garage rock sound with a loop pedal for a third element to the sound. Now with old friend and cohort Ian Russell bolstering the lineup.

“Dead Beat”

I need to get my ears syringed,
I think I need new glasses,
I definitely need to see a physio about my neck, shoulders, lower back and knees.
I didn’t vote in the referendum,
I don’t have a favourite colour,
I can’t grow a beard,
I order the same sandwich every day,
I sleep with my son,
I recently bought a squash racket,
And when my dog is having a dump out in the garden I can’t help but watch

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