Dr Dog Announce New Album B-Room

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.

Dr Dog

Dr Dog

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

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