Beloved Philadelphia band Dr. Dog are poised to release a staggering burst of vital rock â€˜nâ€™ roll with their new record Be The Void. The album hits stores this February 7th via Anti-Records and is the raucous follow up to the groupâ€™s critically lauded Shame, Shame.
While the bandâ€™s previous records boasted meticulously crafted symphonic pop, this time around the band turns up the guitars and delivers a truly great cathartic rock â€˜nâ€™ roll album played with near reckless abandon and passion.
With the addition of new drummer Eric Slick and electronics-percussionist-guitarist Dmitri Manos, the band entered the studio (Meth Beach) with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and confidence, tracking the songs live to perfectly capture the rough and tumble energy of their renowned live show.
â€œWe would just get in the pocket and go with it because it sounded great,â€ bassist-vocalist Toby Leaman explains. â€œThere wasnâ€™t this endless deliberating. We just went with our gut feelings on things.â€
â€œIt was reminiscent of when we were starting out and were these fearless weirdos in a basement, so confident and reckless and bold,â€ guitarist-vocalist Scott McMicken adds. â€œIt was really liberating.â€
The songs on Be The Void flawlessly combine Dr. Dogâ€™s adventuresome and expansive arrangements with a far leaner and meaner primal sound. The beats are harder, the guitars louder and edged with a warm distortion. â€œGuitars stopped being problematic and started becoming very exciting to us,â€ McMicken explains.
From the rollicking re-imagined blues of the discâ€™s title track to the searing guitars of â€œVampire,â€ the frenetic punk urgency of â€œOver Here Over Thereâ€ and the beautifully fuzzed out rock of â€œWarrior Man,â€ Dr. Dogâ€™s Be The Void is a truly great rock â€˜nâ€™ roll record and the unmistakable sound of a band whose moment has arrived.
Be The Void Track Listing:
That Old Black Hole
How Long Must I Wait
Do The Trick
Over Here, Over There
Turning The Century