The Dose

Artist bio

The DoseIndio Downey [vocals, guitar] and Ralph Alexander [drums,bass]realized their destiny as a duo by accident after a gig in their native Los Angeles, CA. The boys had a gig scheduled as a trio, but through unforeseen circumstances, Indio and Ralph found themselves forced to take the stage as a two-piece. However, everything clicked. They spent the next year uncovering the ingredients of a singular style steeped in rock bombast, alternative poetry, blues rawness, and progressively metallic intricacy. Its as if the ghost of nineties Seattle started to finally (and thankfully) possess the Spotify era

Living together and jamming daily, the band tirelessly pushed to bring this vision into focus. Inspired by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, Tame Impala, and The Sword, The Dose unlocked a robust signature sound without adding any other members, resorting to digital playback, or employing backing tracks.

We want to be the biggest-sounding two-piece we can be, affirms Ralph. I play bass synth pedals with my foot while Im drumming. In Rush, Geddy Lee would use the same pedals when hed switch to keyboards. We didnt want to sacrifice an end of the spectrum.

During the summer of 2015, Indio and Ralph traded Southern California for Atlanta, GA. In between visiting members of Indios family, they took an opportunity to hole up in a rehearsal space for a month, honing the delivery and writing music. Armed with a bath of ideas, they spent seven days in Nashville, TN recording what would become their 2016 self-titled debut EP.

Recorded and self-produced at Welcome To 1979 and Jack Whites Third Man Records, muscular riffs, double-fisted drumming, and entrancing vocals drive these six songs. The first single Cold Hands builds with airy guitar and a breathy hook thats chillingly catchy.

Musically, that one materialized pretty quickly, says Indio. The lyrics show the way my girl makes me feel. When youre in love with someone, its hard to be apart from them. When you see them again, everything is better.