Manchester's self-styled psychedelic, blues, rock band Hey Bulldog have just released a single on the decidedly indie Blak Hand Records as a follow up to Makin' Friends Not Millionaires which saw no small amount of critical acclaim from mainstream and indie reviewers plus a generous amount of airplay including Uncle Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6 Music.
The previous single was more laid back, grungy and bluesy. Under My Spell is high-octane, punk-fuelled guitar driven goodness. Hey Bulldog are Tame Impala-esque with much bigger cojones if you will.
Hey Bulldog are rapidly building themselves a serious reputation not only on the local circuit but throughout the UK with small and medium sized Festival appearances and support slots alongside the likes of long-time Ralph's Life favourites Frightened Rabbit. Needless to say, Ralph will be giving the single (also available on funky limited edition cassette) a spin on the Radio KC Indie Show.
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Like many bands before, Hey Bulldog began as a germ of an idea of main man Rob Manton. The multi-talented Manchester-based musician (who named his venture after the last song that all the Beatles recorded in a room together) recorded the debut EP, New York City Blues, by himself with the help of a drum machine.
Before turning the project into a fully-fledged band, Manton created a buzz with the help of music websites and a variety of fanzines.
Finding a pair of like-minded cohorts Matt Parry (bass) and Ben Howarth-Lees (drums) Manton turned Hey Bulldog into an outstanding live bluesy three-piece psychedelic rock band known for their musicianship and live improvisations.