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We Believe In Little L Records- Tobi The Dog Album Release Special

January 13, 2016


It’s a well known fact that we believe in Little L Records. We believe in their releases and we certainly approve of their latest announcement/addition/pre-order to their back catalog. We adore their latest release backed by LLR- Tobi The Dog‘s debut “Never Ever Ever” . 

Releasing such a momentous record so close to the end of year festivities can be hit and miss in order for the record to reach so many. That being said, at the tail end of last year, Little L Records released a timeless album from an act just bursting with potential, a record which will win you over time and time again. Let us introduce you to Tobi The Dog.

This very young, promising trio based in Dublin are already making their own mark on the current lo-fi pop scene. Consisting of Sam Cheesmore (guitar and vocals), Jack Shortall (bass and synth) and Cosmo Tomkin Clarke (drums). On December 16th, 2015, Little L Records and Tobi The Dog unveiled a phenomenal debut album “Never Ever Ever“. The delectable 11 track album consists of perfectly constructed lush orchestrations, with math rock ties surging through Tobi The Dog‘s lo-fi direction and dreamy vocals, this trio are a powerful act and they deserve all your attention.

We are extremely pleased to speak the vivacious musicians, to find out more about their album, their workmanship, teaming up with LLR, their DIY roots and more.



Firstly thank you for spending time with us. Before we get to the details of your recent debut album release ‘Never Ever Ever’ we want to get to know more on you- Introduce yourselves- your role within Tobi The Dog and how long have you been creating music?

Sam: Hiya- I am sam and I play guitar and I sing and I’ve been making music with properly with Cosmo since like summer of 2014.

Cosmo: I’m Cosmo, I play the drums for Tobi The Dog. I’ve been playing music with people since I started playing drums (like 5 years ago I think) but Tobi The Dog is the first time I’ve released any of it, or recorded it for that matter.

What’s the story behind the formation of your outfit and where did the name come from?

S: Me and Cosmo were making very bad math rock for a while and then we got Jack to play bass and then we added Thomas as a live synth player, my dog is named Tobi lol.

C: There isn’t much story behind Tobi The Dog, me and Sam were making music first under the name Good Manners, and then we realized that everything we were recording sounded so empty with just guitar and drums so we got Jack on board, I’m pretty sure we just named it that because that’s the name of Sam’s dog.

How would you describe your own sound?

S: Like if Alex G played guitar like King Krule.

C: I don’t think we really have a specific sound. The sound of the songs have changed so much since we started recording the album that I’m not sure I could label it.

With regards to your new album– we would love to know the ins and outs on this beautiful and intricate release. Describe your writing/recording process and how you’ve managed to get to this standout effort?

S: I wrote all of the songs (bar Beautiful) in my bedroom and recorded the guitar/vocals and then got Jack and Cosmo to record whatever they wanted over the top of it in their houses.

C: Sam usually will write the guitar by himself and then show it to me the same day that we record it, most of the time I only get to hear a new song once or twice before I have to record drums to it, that’s why the drums are quite sloppy in certain songs. our recording set up was not the best, it has improved from our last set up though which was hanging a mic from the ceiling and recording everything together, we now have two mics for the drums but unfortunately the clip on one of them is broken so one of us has to hold it while we record drums.

Casting back to when you created the compositions, describe the inspiration found within your creations?

S: My girlfriend.

C: I just want to write drum beats that people will make people stop and go back to listen to a part of the song just to hear a fill that they like or something y’know?

What do you think the new release captures?

C: I honestly have no idea.

How did you all get involved with the lovely Little L Records and why was this label the right home for your efforts?

S: I met Callum in a coffee shop with Mr. Rosso and I was really big fan of some of his other releases, he just seemed pretty solid.

Jack Shortall: We got involved with little l through filling in for a band stuck in an airport somewhere very far away. Callum’s a lovely guy who puts out a lot of great stuff, it was very nice to be accepted into it.

C: I’m the stage drummer for Mr Rosso and they we’re already on the label and I got to know Callum a bit from playing with them and then when we wanted to start releasing music we asked him if he would take us on (or maybe it was the other way round, I don’t really remember).

What do you love about having your music on a variety of physical formats including cassette, especially as Little L Records have gone to town spray painting them?

S: I think physical copies of the album are definitely the best part of the release, having a tangible and purchasable version of the album makes it feel much much more real.

C: I like the aesthetic of cassettes a lot and I’m glad that we’re on tape.

What do you believe is the best thing about being a DIY band on a notorious DIY label?

S: It made recording the album much easier and a whole lot cheaper, it also cuts out any commercial middle man making everything cheaper and more fun for anyone who wants to get involved.

J: The best thing about being DIY is that it is v cheap and you don’t have to leave your house.

C: I like the way nothing matters, if an album does well that’s great, if it doesn’t who cares? No pressure at all.

Have you got many live shows booked at the moment to support the release? (If so what do your live shows consist of?- If not do you have any plans for a live outing?)

S: Our live shows involve bespoke and wild fun! !!! But we do also have a co-release show coming up with STEPHEN STAR in the Bello Bar on the 6th of February which should be tight!

J: We’ve got one coming up on the 6th of February in the Bello Bar, very exciting!! Our live shows consist of keyboard from solos Thomas and pleasant “oohs” and “aahs” from Cheesmore.

C: I think we have a show at some point in February but I’m not too sure.

Looking back on the release which has only been out for a short while, are you proud of what you achieved?

S: think so, yeah I think more people listened to it than I imagined would, which is fantastique.

C: I am proud of it, I’m not sure what we’ve achieved to be honest but I think it’s a good album and I like listening to it.

We wish the best from the EP release but for now enlighten us to what can we look forward to from you in the future?

S: More gigs!!!! And maybe more music at some stage?!?!

J: We have a music video that should be released shortly and I think we’re going to record another album eventually I’m not sure, I’m not really in the loop

 C: We’ll probably bop out another album at some point.

And finally any last words?

C: Sound for the interview.

Our pleasure, we love chatting to bands finding out more about their creativity and we adore this album!

For those that haven’t heard the album yet, press play and absorb this record in it’s entirety .  You can listen to “Never Ever Ever” streaming in full below-

Little L Records once again gets it so right, there’s a reason they are one of the most valued labels around and for supporting, backing and releasing this album is another reason why we adore LLR-

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