Get ready to party! The legends who brought you Mental As Anything are returning to Bluesfest with their band Dog Trumpet.
Dog Trumpet is a family affair spearheaded by brothers Peter O’Doherty and Reg Mombassa, former founding members of iconic Australian Aria award winning and Hall of Fame band Mental As Anything. The Mentals having had over 20 top 40 hits in Australia, Including, In 1985 their song ‘Live It Up’ reached number 1 in Scandinavia No. 2 in Germany and No. 3 in the UK. ‘You’re So Strong’ peaked at no. 21 on the US dance chart in 1985 and ‘Too Many Times’ was also a top 20 hit for the Mentals in Canada in 1981.
Over the last twenty years as Dog Trumpet they have released five albums: Two Heads One Brain, Suitcase, Dog Trumpet, Antisocial Tendencies and River of Flowers. They continue their sonic alchemy of roots based, folk, pop, country and semi-abstract blues with their sixth and best release, a double album, Medicated Spirits.
Their latest album “Medicated Spirits” features the songs ‘What Falls Away’, 'Speed of Light', ‘With Good Reason' and 'Made in the World', the album is full of wit, surprise and warmth,
continuing their sonic alchemy of psychedelic folk, country and abstract blues driven by Reg's distinctive slide guitar and Peter's melodic acoustic guitar and mandolin.
Reg is well known for his idiosyncratic work for Mambo Graphics and as a fine artist. Peter is also a successful and much sought after painter. Dog Trumpet will be releasing a “Best of” in early 2018 as well as more touring both here in Australia and overseas. Their sets at Bluesfest on Sunday and Monday will be celebrations of everything great about Aussie music!
Dog Trumpet play Bluesfest on Sun 1st & Mon 2nd April