Mixing live music, turntables and guest MCs, Resin Dogs produce a mash up of sounds; modern hip hop is drenched with breakbeat, dance hall, dub and funk. In the revolutionary spirit of hip hop they have created their own style. Resin Dogs raw and gritty fusion of dance and hip hop ignited early shows at Ric’s and The Zoo, in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. Venues filled and crowds continued to swell as the punters snapped up huge quantities of their early independent releases. From the Volcanic Lab hit the airwaves across Australia in 1998 with the track Say Yeah, later making its way up the Australian Independent Records (AIR) charts. It was a big feat for the Brisbane battlers who were releasing tracks through their home grown label Hydrofunk Records. Quickly attracting major label attention the band signed a dual deal with Hydrofunk Records and Virgin/EMI in 2000. Their debut album Grand Theft Audio was co-produced by Robert Reed of Trouble Funk and released later that year. After the success of Grand Theft Audio and the Live Like Dogs mini album, they were once again keen to get their music to the people and hit the studio to record a second album. Two singles were dropped during this time – Set It Off featuring underground legend Abstract Rude from the USA, and Take Off with Sydney’s Good Buddha called in for vocal duties. Their second album Hi Fidelity Dirt was released in 2003 and saw Resin Dogs build on collaborative efforts of the past couple years with guesting MCs including LA’s The Pharcyde (Shut Yo Mouth)and UK’s Spikey Tee (Adore You). Critical acclaim for Resin Dogs culminated when they scooped the Australian Dance Music Awards in three consecutive years – Best Hip Hop Act in 2001 and Best Live Act in 2002 and 2003. Perennial festival favourites they have performed at all major Australian music events – Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival, Byron Bay Blues & Roots, Meredith Music Festival, Livid, Good Vibrations, Homebake, Woodford Folk Festival, Vibes on a Summer’s Day and have proudly hit the stage at Big Day Out for seven years. Amid the Aussie festivals and tours Resin Dogs have toured nationally with international artists Black Eyed Peas, Beastie Boys, Run DMC, Ozomatli, Kenny Dope, Roots Manuva and Grandmaster Flash. In 2004 and 05 the Resin Dogs took their sounds overseas with sell-out shows at some of the UK’s hottest clubs, showcases in the United States and performances at top European music festivals – Womad Reading UK, Head Lined the Wan 2 Stage at the Sziget Festival in Hungary and Head lined Main stage at the Colours Of Ostrava in the Czech Republic. The band signed with Europe’s leading booking agent Coda Agency, insuring their presence on the 2006 European music circuit. Resin Dogs line up is more than just the core members as there are a number of co-conspirators who join the band for live events and studio sessions. MC DNO, Abstract Rude, and an impressive line up of guest breakers, MC’s and live players is what makes any Resin Dogs show an experience and their recordings so highly prized. The bands live shows are approached as one big party and the Dogs feed off the crowd. The more people go wild, the more Dogs keep doing what they do and then some, being the first live band in the world to incorporate DVDJ’s into their show also makes for a visual feast not to be missed. Having impressed many of the visiting international DJs the band are also sought after collaborators. Too many to list them all, recent collaborators include The Nextmen Abstract Rude (Abstract Tribe Unique) Aceyalone (Project Blowed), Mikha9 (Freestyle Fellowship), Mystro, Renee Geyer, Robert Reed (Trouble Funk), The Pharcyde, Jungle Brothers, Mad Doctor X, Kenny Dope, Spikey Tee, Blue Rum 13 , Demolition Man, Young Gun, Fiercely true to their independent roots Hydrofunk Records is once again home to the Resin Dogs and the established base for their many side projects. A force in its own right Hydrofunk has become one of Australia’s strongest independent hip hop labels. In a rarity for Australian hip hop Resin Dogs release their music in Britain, through Jalapeno Records, and also hold various licensing arrangements around the world allowing them to record and release music created especially for the region. With most of the sounds now coming from the home studio the focus is on playing more live music and working with other musicians. It’s a process that started on the second album Hi Fidelity Dirt, and is coming to the forefront on the upcoming third album November released 2007. Definition is the first single from the new album. The track is a funky latin-flavoured slab of Hip Hop beats. Resin Dogs collaborate with ARIA award winning MC Hau (Koolism) and Mystro (Lowlife Records, UK) on the single which was featured on the FIFA 2006 World Cup EA GAMES. Resin Dogs once again up the ante bringing home the international flavours from their overseas touring. With the assistance of UK hip hop heavyweight Brad Baloo of The Nextmen, who is also co-producing their album, Resin Dogs third album will mark the band’s evolution over the past ten years.
Resin Dogs ‘More’ Released: 3rd November 2007 Label: Hydrofunk / MGM Breaking the mould. Blurring the boundaries. Subverting the status quo. From cross-genre sonics, to independent label heroics, Resin Dogs have continuously made their own rules and carved a unique niche in the global scene as one of Australia’s most renowned and respected music exports. Now the Dogs return with their massive third album ‘More’ – 14 tracks of pure, groove-drenched funk – undoubtedly their finest offering to date. International artists in the truest sense of the word, the Dogs have been living on and off and working overseas for the best part of the past the last 3 years determined to do their bit to promote Australian music across the globe. From playing at top festivals such as Womad in the UK and Colours of Ostrava in the Czech Republic, Sziget in Hungary ect, to collaborating with the cream of the overseas production crop, the Resin Dogs have absorbed a variety of different styles and influences to build on their already impressive sonic repertoire. Co-produced by The Nextmen’s Brad Baloo, the album shines with remarkable versatility, as Resin Dogs flex their musical muscle over 60 head-nodding minutes. On the album opener, ‘Coming with the Sound’, the Dogs bring the funk to the fore with brilliant booty-shaking effect, whilst kingpin UK rapper Mystro teams up with aria award winning Hau from Koolism to dish up the goods on the album’s dub-flavoured first single ‘Definition’. On ‘Fine Mess’ The Nextmen’s Baloo steps up for a smooth slice of funk perfection with YunGun on vox, whilst the Dogs’ stunning song-writing lead the way in ‘Caught up’ – an exquisite vocal-led gem from Abstract Rude. With stunning contributions from the likes of US Abstract Rude, Aceyalone, Mikah 9, Uk Demolition Man, and many others, the globe-trotting Dogs have created the kind of world-beating album that achieves the impossible – it raises the bar on their already impressive career and is guaranteed to convert hoards to the Dogs’ intoxicating beat. If a white-hot new album wasn’t enough, the Resin Dogs plan to make an electrifying return to the Australian live circuit later this year, with the crew utilising an impressive line-up of guest breakers, MCs and live players for a stunning series of PA’s not to be missed. 10 year veterans of the Australian music scene, the Resin Dogs will be staying true to their independent roots by releasing ‘More’ through their own Hydrofunk imprint. An irresistible concoction of beats, bass and attitude, the LP strikes a knockout blow of truly global proportions. Tracklisting 1) Coming With The Sound feat. Haiku D’etat 2) End Game feat. Blue Rum 13 3) Definition feat. Mystro and Hau 4) Fat Cap feat Hau 5) Fine Mess feat. YunGun 6) A Destructive Circle feat. Abstract Rude 7) Peace & Love feat. Demolition Man 8) Space Beats 9) Nasty feat. YunGun 10) Move Up feat. N’Fa 11) Thunder 12) Sex Cells feat. Mystro & Abstract Rude 13) Caught Up feat. Abstract Rude 14) Smoking In The darkness