Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog will release their new album entitled B-Room on October 1 on Anti-. Showcasing some of their most mature, streamlined and soulful writing to date, the record is the culmination of a complete overhaul of the band’s writing and recording process which finds them in a new self-built studio, writing songs live in rehearsal and using the rock solid groove of the band, honed through workmanlike touring, as a powerful compositional tool.
B-Room, in its purest form, is a soul album. It may be obvious as the first track opens with the Gamble and Huff inspired, The Truth. But as the album progresses the music continues to take on a soulfulness that is vibrant in its simplicity. As McMicken put it: “The hallmark of soul music for me is that the arrangements are simple rather than virtuosic and that the sound creates a feeling that is intuitive rather than intellectual.”
The Truth is an outstanding track that will calm you down instantly and allow you to let all that tension go. The vocals are a little Neil Young inspired while the music is repetitive yet completely soothing. It has a wonderful feel to it with the rhythmic electric guitar and steel drums really helping to create that summer, lazy day feel alongside that slow drum beat.
After ending the lease at home studio, Meth Beach, where they had been head-quartered for the past eight years, the musicians took on the commitment of constructing an entirely new recording space within a now defunct silversmith mill. As the band’s bassist-vocalist Toby Leaman said: “The whole process of recording really started with building the studio.”
As the band now understands, making a record is a lot like doing construction; both require a similar amount of frustration, intensity and cohesion. By building the space first and releasing all of that emotion, the band was then free to engage in their creative process without the expectation or preconception that they admittedly had brought into other sessions. Recorded primarily in live takes, the songs seamlessly fuse the spontaneity of the band’s live performances with the intricacy of their kaleidoscopic composition. Both Leaman and guitarist Scott McMicken credit this sonic evolution with relying less on the pre-produced demos and more with a reliance on the musicians surrounding them.
To pre-order B-Room go to http://kingsroadmerch.com/dr-dog/. B-Room is out on October 1 2013.
Dr Dog are going on tour with The Lumineers this autumn. All the tour dates are below:
Sept 15 2013 Red Rocks Morrison, CO
Sept 17 2013 Great Salt Ampitheater Magna UT
Sept 20 2013 King County’s Marymoor Park Redmond WA
Sept 21 2013 King County’s Marymoor Park Redmond WA
Sept 22 2013 Rose Qrter Memorial Coliseum Portland OR
Sept 25 2013 America’s Cup Pavilion San Francisco CA
Sept 26 2013 Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara CA
Sept 27 2013 Greek Theatre Los Angeles CA
Sept 28 2013 Greek Theatre Los Angeles CA
Oct 1 2013 Comerica Theatre Phoenix AZ
Oct 3 2013 Downtown Airpark Oklahoma City OK
Oct 4 2013 Chaifetz Arena St. Louis MO
Oct 8 2013 Mud Island Amphitheatre Memphis TN
Oct 9 2013 Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Tuscaloosa AL
Oct 11 2013 The Masquerade Atlanta GA
Oct 12 2013 Ryman Auditorium Nashville TN
Oct 13 2013 Ryman Auditorium Nashville TN
Oct 14 2013 Ryman Auditorium Nashville TN
Oct 16 2013 UNO Lakefront Arena New Orleans LA
Oct 18 2013 St. Augustine Amp St. Augustine FL
Oct 19 2013 USF Sun Dome Tampa FL
Oct 20 2013 Sunset Cove Amphitheater Boca Raton FL