Foreign Dog is the new solo project from London’s Charlie Calleja, a self-proclaimed recluse, who got into music as a child after his best friend decided to learn the guitar, “I was very impressionable as a child, he got as far as ‘Come As You Are’, but I still haven’t put it down” he explains.
New track, ‘Leaps and Beats’, has been the outlet for his feelings for a friend that were perhaps a bit too on the strong side. It’s also the lead track from the EP of the same name, which is said to contain tracks “about a middle-aged man meeting his long-lost imaginary dragon-protector from childhood, and two about loving someone living after death.”
Jono Harrison produced the EP, ‘Leaps and Beats’ specifically, Charlie tells us, was “written very late in the day, I remember finishing off the lyrics while waiting for the train to the studio.” Taking influences from Nirvana as a child, Bowie later on in life and… The Rock, the EP, like the rest of Charlie’s music, will certainly be an interesting listen.
Tomorrow, he’s got a solo gig at The Worlds End to celebrate the release of the EP, “I love the chance to get out there and share this stuff, whatever the occasion” and there we have the most appealing aspect of Foreign Dog, humble to the bone and completely grounded, Charlie himself is even quick to say that the most exciting plans this summer are going to see Radiohead in Manchester with his Mum.
Listen to ‘Leaps and Beats’ (above) today ahead of the EP and solo show tomorrow.