From the muddy banks of the River Medway, Dogtown was formed in 2010 creating a sound that is like being violated by a length of splintered 2 by 2 with nails in it; but in a good way. Since that time they have steadily created a fan base in which they want to breakdown the barrier between audience and band with members often jumping down from the stage whilst performing into the crowd at gigs, an...d encouraging audience members on to the stage.
Unashamedly D.I.Y. they take the hands on approach to marketing themselves, making merchandise, and producing their own music. They consider the current climate of Alternative Rock to be too clinical and safe and have set out to create some of the dirtiest sludge filled music they can as well as mixing things up with some tripped out chilled songs.
Their music has a raw vocal growl, unchecked distortion and feedback, heavy bass and thundering drums. This isn't weak overproduced, market-driven, corporate rock that gets called 'Alternative' or 'Punk' nowadays, this is music with attitude.
Dogtown took their name from the district around the Pacific Ocean Park, an amusement park in the south side of Santa Monica that is known as Dogtown. The name was used for its surfing and skateboarding connection, which some members of the band enjoy, as well as adequately describing the Medway Towns where the band members are from.