Pilgrim Profiles: Your guide to the freshest faces in grass-roots music
By: Tim Newby
Band: Bird Dog (Facebook Page)
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Members: Ben Chace (guitar/vocals), Nino Chace (vocals), Mark Dobbyn (guitar/vocals), David Christian (drums), Peri Delorenzo (violin/vocals), Graham Norwood (bass/vocals)
Sounds Like: A trip to the mountains by way of the gritty city streets while the tape-deck blasts out rhythms blown straight from a tropical beach. Or in the words of the band, Campfire-Punk-Americana.
For Fans Of: The National, Brothers Comatose, Dr. Dog, Delta Spirit
Bio: Formed in 2010 by brothers Ben and Nino Chace, Mark Dobbyn, and Paul Defiglia. Ben and Paul were students at New York University and commissioned to record a song for a multi-media vinyl project for visual artist Xaviera Simmons. The resulting song, “Wandering Through the Pines,” was included on a vinyl release by Merge Records along side tracks from Yim Yames and Tunde Adebimpe. Following the success of their initial foray into music, Bird Dog was born, and Ben – a filmmaker by day – solidified the band’s line-up to its current incarnation of Nino Chace, Mark Dobbyn, David Christian, Peri Delorenzo, and Graham Norwood. The band has released three EPs since then, with a fourth, Bon Bon Voyage due out in June.
Albums: Bon Bon Voyage EP (due out June 2015), Cabin EP (2012), Rivers EP (2012), Bird Dog EP (2011)
Key Tracks: Check out a brand new song, “High and Low,” from Bird Dog’s upcoming Bon Bon Voyage EP.