Rock a caja y clarín. Rock with a box and a bugle.
The band takes it's name from the maintenance teams working the subway tracks in New York City. These teams have to look out for each other and are a closely-knit group much like the band of four ex-pats living in Spain who came together in 2007 to make their unique brand of folk-pop. Eschewing the typical band line-up they have opted for Cajón (flamenco box drum) instead of drums and trumpet in place of electric guitar. With acoustic guitar, bass and four vocals the band are constantly evolving both as a live act and studio band as evidenced on their new album, titled simply Track Dogs.
Made up of two Irishmen; Garrett Wall (Vocals/Guitar) & Dave Mooney (Bass/Vocals), Englishman Howard Brown (Trumpet/Vocals) and Cleveland, Ohio native Robbie K Jones (Cajón/Banjo) the band have already released two albums under their previous incarnation. Perhaps inspired by the new lease of life given to them as a result of the name change the new material shows the energy and freshness you would expect from a "debut" album combined with the confidence and diversity you would expect from a band with as many miles under their belt as Track Dogs.
The album features 10 songs and two instrumentals including a reworking of the Nick Drake classic "Hazey Jane II" which was well suited to the band's sound.
The video to the band's first single"Move a Mountain" was filmed in the west of Ireland around Lahinch and Clifden and was shot by Irish photographer Ronan Kirby who has also crafted 12 inspired photographs to accompany each song on the album and will feature in a 32 page booklet included with the physical release and a 17 page digital booklet available with the iTunes version of the album.