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Dog Trumpet


Dog Trumpet is a band spearheaded by musician/artist brothers Peter O'Doherty and Reg Mombassa. Reg is well known for his idiosyncratic work for Mambo Graphics and being the ambassador for the 2013 city of Sydney’s New Year celebrations. His iconic artwork graced Sydney streets and the Opera House forecourt. Peter is also a celebrated and highly regarded musician and artist. Dog Trumpet is a band spearheaded by brothers Peter O'Doherty and Reg Mombassa, former members of iconic Aria award winning Hall of Fame Australian band Mental As Anything. Their contributions to the Mentals, who formed at art school, include songs such as Berserk Warriors, Egypt, Brain Brain, Apocalypso, Surf and Mull and Sex and Fun, Close Again and Psychedelic Peace Lamp. By the end of the 1990s they left the Mentals to concentrate on Dog Trumpet and to continue their respective parallel careers as visual artists.

Dog Trumpets first release was the 1991 album Two Heads One Brain. It featured the eccentric pop singles Made of Wood, Im So Handsome and Jean and so began their new incarnation as eclectic purveyors of percussive psychedelic folk, country, and semi-abstract blues.

With their feet planted in the music and art worlds they persuaded their artist friend Martin Sharp to do the cover art work for the release of their 1993 version of Creams Strange Brew. Martin had created the renowned psychedelic album covers for Cream ( Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire ) as well as posters for Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Donovan back in the 1960s when he lived in England and contributed artwork to Oz Magazine.

In 1996 Dog Trumpets second album, the quirky Suitcase was released on TWA Records. Then in 2002 the band released their third long player (and the first) on Nic Daltons label Half A Cow Records. This was the self-titled Dog Trumpet with a cover painting by Reg of him and his brother Peter when they were small children. By this time they were recording everything themselves with an ever expanding and explorative creative palette at Peters Big Brain Studio and had found a stable live line up of Bernie Hayes (a well respected singer songwriter in his own right) on bass and Jess Ciampa on drums and percussion.
The follow up on Half A Cow was 2007s Antisocial Tendencies, arguably their strongest and most cohesive album to that date with its witty title song gaining attention from both critics, music fans and Siamese cats.

In 2010 came their fifth album, the critically lauded River of Flowers containing the brothers most personal and autobiographical songwriting to date. Including a cover of Northern Irishman Bap Kennedys marvelously poignant song On the Mighty Ocean Alcohol, the album launches off with Regs similarly titled Mr Alcohol and Mrs Marijuana. wellat least alcohol shares a mention, but this and other universal themes are touched upon in a suite of songs that trawl through family history, memory, sex, health and mortality, and traverse the globe from Ireland, England, New Zealand and back to Australia. Peppered with slide guitar, dobro and mandolin, a bit of Irish whistle and trumpet and congas thrown in for good measure, the musical palette on River of Flowers evokes lilting acoustic Irish folk, blues and country through to psychedelic rock and roll.

In 2013 they continue their sonic alchemy with their sixth and best release, a double album, Medicated Spirits, released in Australia, the U.S. and Canada on the Toronto based Orange label. Recorded and mixed by Peter in Sydney at his Big Brain Studio over the past three years, the rollicking, inventive album of seventeen songs and two instrumentals hosts a stellar line up of guest musicians including Amanda Brown ( Go Betweens ) on violin, Bernie Hayes ( who contributes the song Camel Rock ) on backing vocals, Sharon Finn on backing vocals, Rob Woolf on piano and organ, Jonathan Zwartz on double bass, Iain Shedden, Hamish Stuart, Jess Ciampa and Declan ODoherty on drums, Peter Mitchell on harmonica and Ken Allars on trumpet.

Now Dog Trumpet are touring with Bernie Hayes on bass and Iain Shedden on drums. With their acoustic and electric slide guitar and mandolin driven songbook they have graced stages in Australia and internationally entertaining audiences with their imaginative and poetic songs.

MEDICATED SPIRITS double album available on CD and vinyl

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