Cat the Dog

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Cat the Dog were an English indie rock band formed in Brighton, East Sussex, in 2005. Formed by Christopher Melian (vocals/guitar), Andy Newton (drums), Dan Logan (bass guitar), and Daryl Pruess (lead guitar), all who attended Brighton Institute of Modern Music.

Christopher Melian and Andy Newton moved in 2004 from Toronto, Canada to England. The band signed with Virgin Records after only 3 shows and BMG Music Publishing signed Cat the Dog to a long-term publishing deal. The Brighton-based band was managed by Rob Swerdlow, Mark Nicholson and Dave Nicoll, who are also behind UK rock act The Kooks.

Cat the Dog supported rising Welsh act the Automatic and The Kooks. The band which recorded with producer Jack Douglas at Hook End Studios in Reading released singles "I'm a Romantic" and "Gotta Leave". They were played on MTV's Spanking New Music. In November 2007 the band were involved in a near fatal car crash while traveling to their gig and had to escape from their van by breaking a window and climbing out. They split up shortly after in Dec 2007 after a tour with Zico Chain. Bassist Dan Logan joined local Brighton band The Kooks and replaced Max Rafferty after his departure in 2008.

In 2008, Cat the Dog drummer Andy Newton and Kooks guitarist and song writer Max Rafferty formed the band The Third Man.

In 2009, Cat the Dog vocalist Christopher Melian joined the group The Hot Melts.[1]


  1. (21 August 2009). "Get them while they're HOT", Liverpool Echo, p. 34.

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