Having released his debut album ‘Shame’ in the summer of 2018 following the split of his old band Fish Tank in 2016, Ed the Dog is perhaps more of a masters student than an undergraduate in the SRA Class of 2020. However, his first crack at being a solo artist has come with a most welcome long shelf life, and he’s ready to show these kids who’s boss.

Joining Mr The Dog on stage is his band comprised of friends Charlie (guitar), Zak (bass) and Ste (drums), who have all been part of the journey that has seen Ed supporting the likes of Circa Waves and Spring King towards the end of 2018.

2019 has been a year of taking in the reaction to LP #1 and writing the follow-up, accompanied by playing showcase festivals such as The Great Escape and Live at Leeds, as well as some headline shows and a casual appearance at Glastonbury – no biggie.

On a personal level, Ed’s tunes have really connected with me. Praised for his honesty in his music by press and fans alike, my favourite lyric comes from heavily-Jack-Saunders-backed ‘A Good Thing’ in the form of:

I’ve been waiting a long time for somebody like you,

Strong, independent, and good at Scrabble too,

Now you’re leaving me, don’t know what to do,

‘Cause I lost myself before I was twenty-two

We’re supporting Ed the Dog in the SRA Class of 2020 because we truly believe he’s on to something. There are many examples of bands and artists, such as Slaves and Rex Orange County, releasing albums before they truly emerge into the mainstream, and it’s only a matter of time before the Little Brother of Ed’s ‘Shame’ propels this canine to the big leagues.

Fun fact: Drummer Ste is/was in comedy music act The Brett Domino Trio who have appeared on various TV shows, including 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

Words by Ben Winter, SRA Deputy Music Officer