The dog days surely are not over for these three Orange natives. Meet The Bash Dogs: 21-year-old Trevor Brown on bass, 17-year-old Jeremey Barrett on drums and 19-year-old Nate Barrett as lead vocalist and guitar.
With compelling rhythms and electrifying vocals, The Bash Dogs made their Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) debut on the campus during U-hour Tuesday.
As the band rocked out on the stage at University Park, students were seen walking from all directions in search of the explosive sound. The surge of musical electricity that The Bash Dogs provided was the perfect form of escapism, in which week 10 requires.
Although still young in the eyes of many, do not get this band confused with wannabe rockers. Not only do they bring the bravado that well-known rockers are famous for, they are also able to tone it down and deliver beautifully composed ballads (check out I’ll Love You Now).
As we sat in the Bronco Student Center (BSC) for an interview, it was difficult to remember that we were sitting in the midst of the usual madness of Subway at 1 p.m. An apparent feeling of intimacy lingered as The Bash Dogs harmonized together in between their thoughts on all things music.
How did you come up with the name The Bash Dogs?
N. Barrett: Back when we were toddlers, we used to be in love with space, stars and rocket ships. So when we would watch stuff on NASA, they would always say ‘3,2,1 blastoff!’ but the whole time we always thought it was ‘3,2,1’ bash dogs! That definitely plays a part in our name; it’s like an inside joke between us.
Brown: Other than our inside joke, I think it also describes the band really well with our music and our genre. I wouldn’t say we’re like an alternative rock band or classic rock band. If we could create a genre it would be bash rock. We bash around on the drums, we bash around on the guitar and we bring fat beats, fat guitar solos and fat baselines.
Who are your musical influences?
J.Barrett: My top four in order are The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Arcade Fire.
Brown: I love the Foo Fighters, Weezer, and who doesn’t love the Beatles? I definitely love the band Cream.
N. Barrett: My favorites are Zeppelin, the White Stripes, The Black Keys, Cream and Cage the Elephant. A lot of people have been saying that our band is like a mixture between Cage the Elephant and Cream.
When did you first start your band?
N. Barrett: We started out when we were in fifth grade for the talent show. We were learning songs by Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin. Our dad is definitely a huge part of the Bash Dogs. He’s basically been showing us music since the womb.
Each of you describe your band in one word:
T. Barrett: Bash-trio
N. Barrett: Raw
Who writes your music?
N. Barrett: I do. I write all the lyrics and guitar parts. Some people say that they write the lyrics and then the music, but I always write the music first and then the lyrics. I’ll play it for Jeremy on the guitar and I’ll ask him, ‘what does this make you feel like?’. For example, our new song, “Summer Days”, I played it and he said it sounded like summer.
Brown: The music inspires what to write. I never understood people who wrote lyrics first.
J. Barrett: I think random lyrics just come into our head and then we’ll just write down notes.
N. Barrett: Sometimes we hear it in our dreams. I’ll wake up just to record it.
Brown: I would say 70% of inspiration comes when I’m in the shower.
How has music impacted your life?
Brown: I feel like it’s so fun. Like in the 60’s people totally enjoyed going to live concerts and once people realized how monetary it was, then it was all about who produced the best product. Now with music being online, musicians aren’t doing it for the money anymore. It’s just so much fun to go to a party and see everyone having a good time. That’s the thrill of it.
N. Barrett: For me, as cliché as it sounds, I feel like it’s why we’re here. I know it sounds weird saying that’s our purpose on this earth but I would say for me personally, I would say music drives me. I’d say I wake up for music, there’s nothing else I’d rather do. Writing songs, getting into Trevor’s studio, getting the final product-I guess that’s essentially our goal; to show the world.
J. Barrett: Music can put you in any mood that the writer wants, and if he does it right, it can really impact someone life. Hopefully that’s what we do.
If you could on tour with any band who would it be?
J. Barrett: The Black Keys
N. Barrett: Cage the Elephant
I’ve officially jumped on The Bash Dog bandwagon, and I have no intentions of jumping off anytime soon. Their music is perfect to start off your summer the right way. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and make sure to listen to their EP on Soundcloud.