Bollocks in the Building
by on March 11, 2018 in Bollock's Blog

Being stranded at an airport provides all kinds of opportunities, not least of which is time to hammer out another Bollocks Blog. Truth be told, not a lot has happened since the last one – we’re still working with some prospective new bandmates; we’re still working on some new songs and some original songs, and we’re still settling in to our new rehearsal space in the celebrated Music Building in mid-town Manhattan.

If a music community still exists in New York City, the Music Building must be its actual, if not spiritual, home. (The New York City Guitar School can make a strong case to be another, but we’ll save them for another Bollocks Blog). Since The Dog’s Bollocks took formal occupancy of our new space at the start of February, it has become more and more evident that rock and roll is what holds this building together. There are 69 studios on 12 floors, making this the largest dedicated rehearsal space in New York City. More often than not, you can hear your neighbors, often evoking the response: “Wow! Those guys are goooood!” All of which makes us want to work harder, practice more and get better. That’s the goal and our new home is an inspiration.

If you do a quick google search, you’ll find all kinds of info about the names that have rehearsed and/or recorded there. Madonna is the most renowned, but not by much. Joey Ramone, Billy Idol and Cindy Lauper are all alumni, as are The Strokes, the New York Dolls, Television, They Might Be Giants and Patti Smith. That’s not the full list.

Looking at that list of luminaries you might surmise that the glory days of the Music Building are gone. Think again, mes amis. From experience, the Bollocks can tell you that any day of the week – every day of the week – this iconic location is rocking. It’s remarkable that such a place still exists in New York City; that said, such a place could only exist in New York City. And we are enormously thankful that it does.

The Dog’s Bollocks may be one of the newest members of this unique community; we are most certainly the proudest and the most thankful. It’s an inspirational place, swathed in rock music history – and graffiti. We love it, we’re inspired by it, and if we can absorb even a little of it’s vibe, we’ll count ourselves very, very lucky.

Rock on!

The Dog’s Bollocks

11th Floor Graffiti at The Music Building

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