Dr. Dog has emerged as one of the top acts of 2010 thanks to their seventh (yes, that’s 7 with a th after it) release: Shame, Shame which arrived April 6, 2010 on Anti records. The prolific band has been around since 1999 and hail from the great city of Philadelphia, P-A!
I have to admit that I was not much of a Dr. Dog fan before this release. Some of their past stuff was okay, but Shame, Shame represents a whole new orientation to making classically inspired pop rock with an indie flair. I think what has changed a lot for this band is that they’ve cultivated a pop sensibility. Don’t worry, hipsters…they are still cool. It’s about harmonies upon harmonies upon harmonies, and you really have a feel that this band is connected to bands like the Beach Boys, the Beatles and others who rounded out their sound in this manner.
It’s not exactly the same as the studio release, but check out Dr. Dog performing Stranger on Jimmy Fallon as an example.
Another example is the song, Shadow People, with guitarist, Scott McMicken, on lead vocals. Shadow People could win perfect pop song of 2010. Well crafted with excellent hooks and composition, you can’t help but get sucked in by it. I think I listened to it at least two dozen times during the time I spent at a research conference in the Adirondacks last weekend. It’s the kind of song you don’t mind having in your head. Go ahead, see what I mean here:
Dr. Dog – Shadow People [MP3]
It’s not all pop rock. There is actually a nice balance to Shame, Shame. From the Beatle-like, I Only Wear Blue, to the country melancholy of Station, and onward, the band plays across genres in a way that did not always come through in past recordings.
What I do know is that this is a band I would like to see live. There’s an endorsement you can hang your hat on! Seriously, give Shame, Shame a try, and check Dr. Dog out this summer as they bounce around the U.S. and internationally.
You want more evidence? Check out their FREE Daytrotter session HERE from this past Monday (4/19). Good stuff, all the way!
VERDICT: 4/5 (A definite buy).
THANKS AGAIN To Elizabeth Weinberg Photography!