Seminal Mental As Anything offshoot Dog Trumpet sign landmark international record deal

Seminal Mental As Anything offshoot Dog Trumpet sign landmark international record deal

Words by Tom Parker

UK’s Demon Music will release all of Dog Trumpet’s seven albums on vinyl and remaster them for online.

Dog Trumpet, the project of former Mental As Anything members Reg Mombassa and Peter O’Doherty, has just inked a record deal with Demon Music that will see all seven of their albums remastered for digital release and available on vinyl for the first time.

Co-founded by the legendary Elvis Costello, Demon Music has established a reputation as one of the world’s best catalogue/reissue labels, with their drive to promote niche and cult bands who mightn’t ordinarily get exposure positioning them as recognised tastemakers.

What you need to know

  • Dog Trumpet are going global, signing with Demon Music to release their seven-album catalogue on vinyl and remaster it for online
  • Across decades, Demon Music has earnt a reputation as one of the world’s premier catalogue/reissue labels
  • All albums can be streamed online now, while vinyl will be available from Friday October 29

Keep up with the latest music interviews, news and reviews here.

Interestingly enough, Costello’s connection to Dog Trumpet harks all the way back to 1982 when the music luminary produced Mental As Anything’s hit, ‘I Didn’t Mean To Be Mean’.

With the Demon Music record deal, Dog Trumpet’s 2002 self-titled record will see a vinyl release along with their debut, Two Heads One Brain, and other albums, Suitcase (1996), Antisocial Tendencies (2007), River of Flowers (2010), Medicated Spirits (2013), and their 2020 LP, Great South Road.

For those not across Dog Trumpet, the band embodies a stylistic pivot from Mental As Anything, one that’s difficult to describe but represents a melange of “rock, psychedelic folk and semi-abstract blues”.

Those after a comparison could perceive likenesses to music’s long tradition of left-field songwriters and storytellers, where the likes of Nick Lowe, John Prine and bands such as The Kinks and Squeeze found their home.

Dog Trumpet’s seven albums are now available on all streaming platforms, with vinyl releases available from Friday October 29. For more on the band, head here.