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Goodbye to The Sundogs


Robbie Allen Ditches ‘Sundogs’; Says Hello to ‘The Outer Edge’

Sacramento, CA – With the band’s one-year anniversary looming just months away, Robbie Allen along with his band mates Josh Hester and Gary Christensen, have announced that they will be dropping the current name of the band (“The Sundogs”) for a title that better portrays their image and style of music. The surprise announcement comes in the wake of a legal hang-up regarding the use of the band’s current name, already a registered trademark of a Berkeley, CA based roots rock group. “The Sundogs” name was originally coined by Gary Christensen after much deliberation between the band’s original members. Gary and Robbie have both stated that it was not their intention to infringe on the rights of the current trademark holders and, at that time they were unaware of the Bay Area group (who ceased from touring nearly ten years ago) that had seven major releases – some of which are still available at select retailers. The band’s recent move to the title “The Outer Edge” was mutually agreed upon by the members of the group after considering over two-hundred titles. The decision was based on legal advice from the band’s attorney. In response to an email, Robbie Allen commented from his apartment overseas: “We think that while the core theme of our music draws heavily on the instrumental guitar trends of the 60s including surf music, on the same token, our style is very versatile and constantly adapting to the melting pot of influences and creative whims common to all three members of our band, not to mention the people we collaborate with behind the scenes. I think the new name reflects the edgier-sounding ‘acid surf rock’ vibe that is beginning to define us more and more.” The band has also decided to maintain “Robbie Allen” as part of the group’s name so as to avoid confusion during the transition. More info can be obtained by sending an email to

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This story has 5 comments.


Fire the Dubceks as your publicist.

JakeDobner | 27-Mar-2009 17:56:30 | Flag

Your Jedi Mind Tricks are no match for me.

norcalhodad | 27-Mar-2009 21:13:21 | Flag


JakeDobner | 28-Mar-2009 19:58:39 | Flag

Siriusly nice new name, though I wonder, given the precedent, that you didn't go with the Original Sundogs, even though it appears that in this case maybe the Subsequent Sundogs would be more accurate.

Tuck | 30-Mar-2009 14:58:59 | Flag

thank you. we wanted to change the name to something a little more unique so the liklihood of running into another copyright dispute would be lower, thats why we researched over 200 names, we didn't even realize how many we'd gone through til after we were done. a lot of people are probably snickering at the press release but we actually do have an attorney retained because of venues who short-change us and breach contracts, we consulted her on the name issue and she suggested not to use anything even remotely close to "Sundogs." but surfguitar101 has been good to us so we just want to keep everyone informed.

surfrider_85 | 30-Mar-2009 21:33:09 | Flag

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