The Bar Dogs’ album set to get tails wagging
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.”
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