The Dose, comprised of Indio Downey and Ralph Alexander, is quickly gaining national recognition as an alternative rock duo with powerful lyrics and a haunting, unique sound.
Starting out as a three-piece band, The Dose found themselves in a predicament when a former bassist refused to play a show due to an altercation with a sound guy. Luckily, Downey and Alexander frequently practiced together and performed the set without the bassist. The duo concept stuck from that point on.
Downey plays guitar and sings while Alexander plays drums and bass.
“I use these bass synth pedals you play with your feet,” Alexander said. “I play those with left foot and the drums with everything else.”
The duo’s first release, “Cold Hands” is a haunting ballad about losing someone you love. The lyrics were inspired by a personal love letter Downey received from his girlfriend and exposes a great deal of emotion.
Influenced by Led Zeppelin, The White Stripes and Jimi Hendrix, The Dose’s rock ad roll roots shine through.
The Dose has recently begun a national tour with well known rock band Bush.
I’m excited to play in front of audiences that have never heard of us. It’s always fun to kind of prove yourself to all kinds of audiences.
“I’m excited to play in front of audiences that have never heard of us,” said Alexander. “It’s always fun to kind of prove yourself to all kinds of audiences.”
“Another thing that we’re definitely looking forward to,” Downey added, “is just playing with Bush.”
The duo, who has written all songs to date leaves this advice for fans: “Just experience a new sound and a new way of creating that kind of sound,” Alexander said. “I think most people who come to our show are surprised that that much sound comes from two people.”
“Everything you hear is being created on stage. It’s not played through speakers.” Alexander said. “Everything we do, we do ourselves. We take a lot of pride in that.”
Bush with The Dose
Saturday, May 7
House of Blues, 4640 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach
Doors: 7 p.m.
Show: 8 p.m.
For more information on visit www.houseofblues.com