Ten years ago, Henry Scowcroft met Sam Walton at All Tomorrow’s Parties and after an evening talking Yo La Tengo and Godspeed agreed to form a band.
That band was not Dog Unit. But it was the beginning of Dog Unit: over the next decade, they played together in deadly serious art-rock bands, self-indulgent jam sessions, and high-concept covers acts, learning to finish each other’s sonic sentences and developing an intuitive mutual understanding — and then in 2019 formed Dog Unit with the best players from the above outfits: James Weaver, a drone-dub bass maestro, and motorik drummer Lucy Jamieson, the most reliable timekeeper this side of an atomic clock.
Their debut EP, Barking to Gospel, soon followed in July 2020 via their own Sonic Deterioration imprint, receiving nationwide radio play and critical acclaim, being named 3rd-best EP of 2020 by recordstore.co.uk and featuring on Rough Trade Shop’s best-of-2020 Counterculture compilation.
Dog Unit return in 2022 with its follow-up Turn Right and Right Again. Written in between lockdowns, its 30-minute runtime cruises through explosive post-punk undercut with shimmering space-jazz (the infectious ‘The Rule of Six’) spaghetti western trip-hop sludge-metal (‘Absolute Unit’), sky-high drone-dub (‘Pyramid Scheme’) and, on title track ‘Turn Right and Right Again’, unabashed stadium-filling euphoria.