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Kerbdog are one of the most underrated bands ever. Their debut album and "On The Turn"
should be part of everyone's rock education. They opened my eyes to what was possible
with riffs and melody and they're the reason we worked with Garth Richardson on our last
three records. It's a crime that Kerbdog are not held aloft by every band in the country as
Simon Neil, Biffy Clyro
“Kerbdog were one of my gateway bands. I got into them through Kerrang! cover-mount
CDs and they were just unlike anything I'd ever head at the time - so powerful, heavy and yet
melodic. They totally opened my eyes to a new genre, and remain one of my favourite
Frank Turner
The cult Irish alt-rock quartet, Kerbdog, have today announced that they have teamed up
with Hassle Hindsight, the recently launched re-issue label from the team at Hassle Records,
to re-release their 1994 self-titled debut and its heralded 1997 follow-up "On The Turn", their
last full studio album before their first break-up in 1998.
Despite a small handful of re-union shows over the last decade, working on new material
and putting out a live record, "Congregation", released to acclaim in 2014, the setlists for
those shows have been almost entirely made up with songs from their much-revered two
90s albums.
"On The Turn" - which was recorded with Garth Richardson at the legendary Sound City
Studios in Van Nuys, California - was a near perfect album, one that front-man Cormac
Battle most recently described as "the right album, at the wrong time". Their 1994 self-titled
debut was recorded with Jack Endino, the producer of Nirvanas "Bleach", at Rockfield
Studios, with Sepultura recording Chaos A.D. at the same time next door. Cormac says of
their raw debut record: "I think some of what they were doing seeped into what we were
doing. It made the record heavier and more chunky than we intended, but we were happy
with the results."
The bands songs were powerful and inspired - like those early Dave Grohl songs of the
same era - by the likes of Husker Du, and then Bob Moulds subsequent work in Sugar; both
direct and melodic, heavy but immediate. Kerbdog were, to many, their new favourite band.
However the explosive success of Britpop meant that their singles were at odds with
daytime radio playlists and the mainstream press of the time, seeing them subsequently
dropped by Mercury Records, two albums into a six-album contract. They struggled on for a
year before playing their final show in Dublin the following year.
While the band looked initially destined to reside in the footnotes of rock history, their fan
base unexpectedly grew and their albums, while out of print, seemed to find their way into
the homes of determined rock fans. Recently an LP copy of "On The Turn" went for an eyewatering £300 online.
The attendances for their reunion shows in recent years - often five times the amount of
people they played to while touring "On The Turn" - and the clear interest from people in
06 NOVEMBER 2020
Product info
Label Hassle Hindsight
Configuration 1 x 12" Vinyl Album
Sales Date November 06, 2020
Order Due Date October 09, 2020
Genre Rock
Subgenre Alternative
UK Price 12.99
UPC/EAN 5060626462632
Box Lot 50
Product Code HOFFSIDE002LPA
Explicit N
The Lighthouse
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hearing these records again inspired long-term fans Hassle to assist the band, and who will
be releasing the records complete with their original artwork and liner notes.
Cormac says of the reissues: “It's truly humbling to be bringing out the two Kerbdog albums
on vinyl. They're for the fans who've supported us from the beginning and vindicated those
albums across the years, for those who came on board after we thought the albums were
dead and buried and also for ourselves - mainly because I have only one copy of the On
The Turn LP and I can't afford to pay the extortionate prices on eBay!”
Kerbdog are:
Cormac Battle (guitar/vocals)
Colin Fennelly (bass)
Billy Dalton (guitar)
Darragh Butler (drums)
1. End Of Green
2. Dry Riser
3. Dead Anyway
4. Cleaver
5. Earthworks
1. Dummy Crusher
2. The Inseminator
3. Clock
4. Schism
5. Scram

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