In a revival that echoes the spirit of Southern California's storytelling rock scene, Dogstar has risen from the ashes with a new album embodying the essence of the quintessential SoCal band they've always aspired to be.
Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Bret Domrose, drummer Robert Mailhouse, and a bass player you may have heard of named Keanu Reeves, Dogstar is back with a creative resurgence nearly a quarter-century after their last album, 2000’s Happy Ending.
Reflecting on their previous releases, Mailhouse acknowledges, "Our earlier records were almost in the wrong decade." He describes a band that, in hindsight, could be seen as a '70s outfit lost in the '90s. Amidst the clamor of the grunge era, Dogstar was quietly focused on storytelling, guided by the singer-songwriter tradition of Bret Domrose, a modern troubadour in the vein of Jackson Browne. Mailhouse adds, "When everybody else was shouting, we were trying to tell stories."
Yet, as the world around them misinterpreted their musical intentions, the band persisted. "This music just sounds like us," remarks Domrose, emphasizing the authenticity of what they’re trying to do. Reeves chimes in, expressing his appreciation for the diversity of their latest album. “One of the things I love about this album is the variety of feel,” he shares. “Every song is not the same – you can hear our diverse influences and a lot of different tones here. And I feel like finally on this album, we’ve managed to take all those influences and our passion for playing together and once and for all turned it all into Dogstar.”
Dogstar's long-awaited return is a true leap forward, reclaiming their narrative and identity. Somewhere Between The Power Lines And Palm Trees perfectly summarizes what they’ve always tried to do as a band, and really resonates with the sound of Southern California. But their return isn't merely a nostalgic revisit, it's a declaration that this is the sound that Dogstar was always meant to make. In the shadows of power lines and among the palm trees, Dogstar finds its groove once again, proving that some stories are meant to be continued, and their music is designed to reverberate through the canyons of Southern California and beyond.