The Bar Dogs’ al­bum set to get tails wag­ging

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Andrew Bargh

It has taken more than a year to record and rep­re­sents a real labour of love, but Coat­bridge gui­tarist Tino MacDon­ald hopes his band’s al­bum is worth the wait for fans when it is re­leased next week.

The Bar Dogs, three of whom come from Coat­bridge, will see their al­bum Fri­day Night the Eagles Fly be­come avail­able on all plat­forms on April 21. Tino is one cog in the six-piece ma­chine that’s re­spon­si­ble for the nine tracks fea­tured on the al­bum. The lead sin­gle, Sorry, was re­leased last week. With a sound bear­ing a sim­i­lar­ity to Spring­steen and his E-Street band, main song­writer Tino hopes The Bar Dogs are warmly re­ceived when they take part in the In­ter­na­tional Record Day fes­ti­val in Glas­gow next Satur­day.

The 27-year-old ex­plained: “We’ll play­ing at Dows in Glas­gow as part of the fes­ti­val.

“It was ini­tially sup­posed to be at the Love Mu­sic store but it’s been moved across the street to Dows be­cause it’s a big­ger venue.

“We can’t wait for it and hope­fully ev­ery­one there en­joys our mu­sic.

“It’s not tick­eted and it’s free to come along to. Ul­ti­mately, we just want as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble hear­ing our record.”

Tino con­tin­ued: “We started record­ing the al­bum in 2015 and then spent most of 2016 get­ting the live shows ready.

“We fi­nally fin­ished record­ing to­wards the end of last year.

“It’s been a wee while but hope­fully it’s worth the wait and ev­ery­one who lis­tens en­joys what they hear.”

Fel­low Bar Dogs John Ger­rard O’Neill and John McArthur are also from Coat­bridge and Tino said the three of them will never for­get their roots.

He added: “We are proud of where we come from.

“We’ve played in Coat­bridge a few times and have re­ally en­joyed it each time.

“I’d like to play there again soon as we are plan­ning a Scot­tish tour for the sum­mer be­fore we head back into the stu­dio for al­bum num­ber two.

“We’ve got four songs writ­ten for it al­ready and the plan is to head in to the stu­dio just be­fore Christ­mas and record the first half of it.

“Be­fore all that though, we’ve got a launch night for Fri­day Night the Eagles Fly on May 6 at the 13th note in Glas­gow.

“That’ll be a great way to cel­e­brate the al­bum re­lease and there will be a link to tick­ets posted on our Face­book soon.”

New tricks The Bar Dogs have re­leased their first stu­dio al­bum

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