Dog Trumpet has been the musical vehicle for the brothers with different surnames Peter O'Doherty and Reg Mombassa since the 1991 release on Regular Records of their first album 'Two Heads One Brain'. It featured the eccentric pop singles 'Made of Wood',…
Dog Trumpet has been the musical vehicle for the brothers with different surnames Peter O'Doherty and Reg Mombassa since the 1991 release on Regular Records of their first album 'Two Heads One Brain'. It featured the eccentric pop singles 'Made of Wood', 'I'm So Handsome' and 'Jean' and so began their incarnation as eclectic purveyors of percussive psychedelic folk, country, semi-abstract blues and lyrical pop.
The brothers were original members of art school band Mental As Anything, both having contributed to Mentals albums songs such as 'Berserk Warriors', 'Egypt', 'Brain Brain', 'Apocalypso', 'Surf and Mull and Sex and Fun' 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. Reg is well known for his iconic, humorous and often political work for Mambo Graphics and as a painter and illustrator. He has been represented by Watters gallery in East Sydney for several decades. Peter shows his paintings with the nearby King Street Gallery on William. Between them they have exhibited all over Australia, in New Zealand, England and Italy.
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 cover version of Cream's 'Strange Brew'. Martin had designed posters and album covers (Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire) for Cream as well as posters for Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Donovan back in the 1960s when he lived in England and contributed art work to Oz Magazine.
In 1996 Dog Trumpet's second album 'Suitcase' was released on TWA Records. The band's live line up was a revolving door in these years and included John Bliss (Reels), Andy Travers (Happening Thang), Mike Gubb (Dynamic Hepnotics) and Amanda Brown (Go Betweens). Then in 2002 the band released their third album (and the first) on Nic Dalton's 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 at Peter's 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.
Reg & PeteThe follow up on Half A Cow was 2007's '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. This album received a 4 star review in The Australian and was Album of the Week in the Sydney Morning Herald. And so with 3 more concentrated years of songwriting and recording comes Dog Trumpet's new album 'River of Flowers'. Peppered with slide guitar, dobro and mandolin, a bit of Irish Whistle, trumpet and congas thrown in for good measure this album contains some of the brothers most personal and autobiographical songwriting so far. Intimate yet universal themes are explored in a suite of songs that traverse the globe from Ireland, England, New Zealand and back to Australia and touch upon family history, memory, sex, separation and mortality.
Dog Trumpet have made live appearances on Radio National, ABC 702, 3RRR, SBS's Rock Wiz , ABC TV's The Sideshow, Channel 10's The Morning Show and Good Morning Australia as well as DIG Radios webcast. Their music could be described as roots based psychedelic folk pop with hints of blues, country, jazz and Celtic music.