“Superskum” (web site) conducted an interview with Andrew “Pinch” Pinching, Graham “Gizz” Butt and Adie Bailey of the reunited British punk/metal crossover band ENGLISH DOGS when the group played at the Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado on February 19. You can now watch the chat below. Also available is quality performance footage from the Denver concert.
In 1980, ENGLISH DOGS was formed and gained immediate acclaim with top 10 indie chart releases. Though these initial releases were more straight-forward punk rock, the band’s metal leanings appeared on the highly acclaimed “Forward Into Battle” record, released in 1985. The seminal album was a major influence on bands such as METALLICA and SEPULTURA, and this year the “Forward Into Battle” lineup of founding-member Andrew “Pinch” Pinching (also of THE DAMNED), Graham “Gizz” Butt (ex-PRODIGY, THE MORE I SEE) and Adie Bailey re-grouped to again bring that record to life for North America.
Commented Gizz: “In 1984 to 1986, me , Pinch and Adie were writing and recording some of the most important and influential songs of our lives and our ‘Forward into Battle’ album was the peak of our success. The American fans completely got it. Crossover had arrived!! Our 1985 debut USA tour exploded with sellout shows and sights we’d never seen before, queues half a mile down the street, moshpits and circle pits all night long. We have finally reunited to achieve a dream that has been going on for over 25 years. To realize the entire ‘Forward Into Battle’ album, along with ‘To The Ends Of The Earth’ EP, another ambitious milestone, live in all their glories, to North America.”
Added founding ENGLISH DOGS member Pinch: “We were young and hungry for a musical challenge. The hardcore punk scene had become stagnant and new territories needed exploring. Adding Gizz to the band let us off the leash and we were able to wander down any musical alley we chose. We were 20 years old when we recorded ‘Forward Into Battle’, playing way beyond our abilities as musicians and lacking the studio technology to capture it. Now, 25 years later, we will finally be able to do this album justice, sonically. Live and in your face, the genre we helped to create is going once more ‘Forward Into Battle’.”