After less than five years making music together, the California-based alterna-pop combo That Dog are calling it quits, according to their management at Gold Mountain Entertainment, who added that the band's lead singer, Anna Waronker, is already planning a solo album.
"The band has disbanded," said Justine Chiara, who handles the band for
Gold Mountain. "It's an amicable separation, and I think each member
just wants to work on their own projects now..."
Chiara added that lead singer Anna Waronker, the daughter of Dreamworks Records exective Lenny Waronker, will work on a solo album in
the next few months.
The violin-flavored rock band, which recently changed the spelling of its name from lowercase that dog after much criticism from press over the problems it caused, started as a bedroom collaboration between two of the Haden triplets, Petra and Rachel, while they were in high school in the late 1980s. The third Haden, Tanya, plays cello on the band's latest album. (Their father, Charlie Haden, is a noted jazz bassist.) Drummer Tony Maxwell joined in 1993, after which the band released its first album, a self-titled effort on Geffen Records.
That Dog went on to release two more albums on Geffen: 1995's Totally Crushed Out and this year's Retreat From The Sun, which spawned the modern-rock single "Never Say Never."
Along the way, the band also performed on a few notable compilations, including the Spirit Of '73 benefit for the Rock For Choice organization, as well as the Jabberjaw: Good To The Last Drop collection released by Mammoth Records in 1994.
One of That Dog's last performances was at the Los Angeles benefit show in August for much-admired rock fan club presidents Mikel and Carli Allen. The Allen sisters, who were killed in an automobile accident in Colorado earlier this summer, ran the That Dog fan club.
That Dog was being considered as a possible opening act for Green Day on that band's upcoming U. S. tour. Petra Haden played violin on Green Day's new album, Nimrod (Oct. 14).
Despite the breakup, members of That Dog can still be heard on a number of different projects. Waronker and former Go-Go Charlotte Caffey perform "Ordinary Girl," the theme song to the television show Clueless, while Petra Haden's violin work can be heard in the opening moments of Green Day's latest single "Hitchin' A Ride."
Petra Haden is also a floating member of the Rentals, which will release their
sophomore effort early next year. -- Jon Vena [Wed., Sept. 24, 1997, 3:30 p.m. PDT]