D.O.G.S. are an alternative/grunge band from Japan. Koji sings and plays guitar, Shimpei plays bass, Mure-san plays drums (as a support member), Katsumi plays lead guitar. as mentioned above, we play music that's heavily influenced by grunge/alternative bands of early to mid '90s, as well as some Hard Rock bands of the 70s, and just a little bit of everything between now and then.
We all have different tastes in music and women, and also we have different musical backgrounds, but since Koji is the Billy Corgan of this band, he controls everything (He writes most of the band's music and the lyrics in English). Shimpei used to play in various type of bands like fusion, funk and heavy rock. he also plays with a heavy rock band called 64over2. he likes Incubus, Korn, Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park and that kind of bands. he's an amazing bassist and he's got a perfect groove for this band. Mure-san also had been playing in many type of bands, and he plays in a band called 24th December. and he likes mostly Japanese old hardcore punk bands. he also likes Metalica. Katsumi was in a girl-fronted pop band before he met Koji, and he admired Keith Richards, Tomoyasu Hotei, Leslie West and Jet Li. But since forming the band with Koji and started making music together, Koji brainwashed him with grunge music and now his #1 guitar hero is Kim Thayil of Soundgarden. He also respects Mike McCready. He can live without food but can't live without alcohol. We can live without many things but we can't live without this band.
Moving on to their music, this is their second self-released album after their eponymous "Out Of The Prison" released back in 2007. Although majority of this album was already been recorded and mixed by mid 2010, the album had been shelved due to their financial reasons, and also the departure of the former bassist and a drummer at the time. The band tried to re-record the album with new bassist and a drummer, but it didn't work out and the session ended before they managed to record any new material until the summer of 2011. The band recruited new bassist Shin and drummer Yuji for a brief time and managed to record a couple new songs "Bend" and "Wings(It's Not Too Late)" in the summer of 2011 and released it as a single in the fall of that year, and toured US for 2 weeks to promote the single. After coming back from the states, they parted ways with Shin and Yuji and started searching for permanent bassist and a drummer. In January 2012, bassist Shimpei joined the band and they started writing new songs together. In March, they re-recorded the song "Face's Down On The Ground" previously recorded by just Koji on acoustic, together with Shimpei on bass and a long time friend Marco on drums/backup vocals. They kept searching for a full-time drummer with a hope of re-recording some of the songs on the album, but it seemed like forever. In the fall of 2012, Koji decided to release the album.
Most of the songs on the album showcases loneliness, pain, angst, frustration and depression Koji had been through over the years. "It's been so frustrating not being able to make this band as a real band." Koji says of the times of struggle finding a permanent bassist and a drummer. "They'd join the band, we'd jam and they learn some new songs and we'd play some shows and we'd be ready to record, then the bassist quit. or the drummer leaves the band. It happened so many times we lost the count how many drummers/bassist we've lost." Koji continues. "If we had better luck, we were able to put out this record 3 years ago." But the struggle and bad luck gave these songs more depth and reality to them. "Listening to these songs now makes me think that it all makes sense, somehow. Life isn't so easy. It ain't easy to really get over that walls in front of you, whatever they are."