Band of the Week: Dog Island



Welcome to Orlando Weekly's "Band of the Week." Every week, we highlight one of our favorite local bands. This week, we're pleased to bring you Dog Island.

Dog Island is playing April 30 at Will's Pub with Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts and Zap Dragon & the Attack.

Just the facts:

Who's in the band?
Dave Hanson: guitar, vocals
Jordan Rapaport: synth, percussion, vocals
Hannah Spector: samples, loops, electronics
Justin McCarthy: bass guitar, vocals
Dominic Sena: drums

When did the band form?
Dog Island began taking shape as far back as mid 2015 as an unnamed solo recording project. It was a way for me to flush out song ideas while also learning how to record. A few songs were released by fall 2016 and we started doing shows in February 2017. It took a while to land on a sonic direction for the project that I felt could keep me curious for a while. Translating it live has been a whole other adventure.

Currently available releases:
Our EP, Laniakea, is available at live shows. There’s a song off of it called “El Dorado” available at for donation download. We’re in the works of a series of piano-based psychedelic ballads and also a follow-up LP.


Describe your sound in five words:
Tropical psychedelic adventure song experiments

Four questions:

What has been your most memorable show so far?
We played a house show with Timothy Eerie where they had people painting all over the walls during the show. That was a fun vibe to play along with.

Which local band is your favorite one to play a show with?
I like when there’s dogs in the audience (we’re not a very loud band).

What description gets used for your band that you would most
like to correct people on? Why?
In general I’d love for people to digest and talk about a band without immediately comparing it to other bands.

What’s your favorite thing about being an Orlando band? What's your least favorite? Why?
I think as a whole Orlando has a real welcoming art community. It’s a good place to start something; small enough where you can put something out and people will pay attention to it and want to check it out. I just wish sometimes there was a bigger music industry here to keep folks around.

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