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INTERVIEW: Charlie Sub & Sound Dogs

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’re doing great. We went in the studio earlier this year and recently released our EP The Bronx Is Burning. We have been doing interviews with some amazing people and playing some great shows in the greater NYC area. We are very happy with the response and we look forward to another studio session soon!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Bronx Is Burning”?

Charlie Sub: The track builds in climatic tension to reflect the chaos, dread, and brewing  anger of the late 70’s NYC scene. I was living on my own just out of college in 1977 and NYC was in bad shape that year. The city was bankrupt, there was ‘Son of Sam’ was terrorizing people, and landlords were burning down their buildings to collect insurance on their bad investments.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

No—just a vast array of living through that long hot summer.

Why naming the record after this song in particular?

Good question. The songs are quite diverse on this EP and I thought this was the most recognizable title due to the historical significance.

How was the recording and writing process of the entire EP?

Recording and writing are a lot of work. If artists tell you differently, they are either a prodigy or just spinning a fantasy. You surround yourself with talented people who can give us honest input and you keep on plugging away until I felt the vision I had for the music was achieved.

How do you go on blending the 70’s sound and inspiration with a modern twist?

The 70s sound and inspiration is the easy part!  The 70s has made a big resurgence lately. Boomer nostalgia or just our parents listening to the oldies

I actually opened up a 1970s inspired nightclub called Ethyls in the Upper East Side close to four years ago with another opening in Williamsburg this summer. It is somewhat inspired by the legendary Studio 54 with nightly DJ’s, go-go girls and a steady stream of 70s and early 80s mixes and movies showing on the many screens.  Our menu is also inspired by nostalgic food from that era.

What role does NYC play in your music? Charlie, I read that your father owned legendary venue The Coventry – how has that influenced you?

Our band has a great back story! My Dad, Paul Sub, owned Queens Coventry Nightclub in the 1970s. This ground-breaking nightspot introduced New York to glam and punk rock. Kiss played their first performance there, as well as many early shows with the Ramones, New York Dolls, Blondie, the Dictators and many other revolutionary bands. My first job was with my Dad here and had a profound influence on my musical identity. I saw all the behind the scenes hard work and other 70’s activities.  It just kind of reinforced a few axioms about being in the right place at the right time in front of the right person. You never know who is in the crowd so you should always bring your A-game to each show. Hard work pays off obviously.

How your upbringing has influenced your writing?

Ah-a question for a therapist—any recommendations!  Just kidding, but my upbringing is just part of my DNA as it is for everyone.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

From everywhere – my life, loves, family, friends, politics… just the whole human experience.

Any plans to hit the road?

We are always open to opportunities. We currently play in the greater NYC area about three times a month.

What else is happening next in Charlie Sub and Sound Dogs’ world?

Upcoming shows throughout the summer. We will be recording again later in the year, and invite everyone to follow us on all social media which is constantly updated as well as our website – sounddogsnyc.com.

We just released a video for it last week, check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dDB9-ayl1Q

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