Dr. Dog

B-Room

October 1, 2013

Anti-

Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog will release their new album entitled B-Room Oct. 1st 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 the arrangements are simple rather than virtuosic, and that the sound creates a feeling that is intuitive rather than intellectual.” To listen to “The Truth”, see the video below.

The story begins with jackhammers instead of guitars. After ending the lease at home studio “Meth Beach” where they had been headquartered 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 put it, “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 a 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 their 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 Track Listing:

  1. The Truth
  2. Broken Heart
  3. Minding the Usher
  4. Distant Light
  5. Phenomenon
  6. Too Weak to Ramble
  7. Long Way Down
  8. Cuckoo
  9. Twilight
  10. Rock & Roll
  11. Love
  12. Nellie

 

Tour Dates

With The Lumineers

9/21 King County’s Marymoor Park Redmond WA

9/22 Rose Qrter Memorial Coliseum Portland OR

9/25 America’s Cup Pavilion San Francisco CA

9/26 Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara CA

9/27 Greek Theatre Los Angeles CA

9/28 Greek Theatre Los Angeles CA

10/1 Comerica Theatre Phoenix AZ

10/3 Downtown Airpark Oklahoma City OK

10/4 Chaifetz Arena St. Louis MO

10/8 Mud Island Amphitheatre Memphis TN

10/9 Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Tuscaloosa AL

10/12 Ryman Auditorium Nashville TN

10/ 13 Ryman Auditorium Nashville TN

10/14 Ryman Auditorium Nashville TN

10/16 UNO Lakefront Arena New Orleans LA

10/18 St. Augustine Amp St. Augustine FL

10/19 USF Sun Dome Tampa FL

10/Sunset Cove Amphitheater Boca Raton FL

 

Headline Dates 2013

10/11 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade

11/01 Pittsburgh PA ,Stage AE

11/02 Louisville KY, Headliners Music Hall

11/03 Asheville NC, The Orange Peel

11/05 Richmond VA, The National

11/06 Charlotttville, SC Jefferson Theater

11/07 Columbus OH, Newport Music Hall

11/08 Toronto, On Phoenix Concert Theater

11/09 Detroit MI, Majestic Theater

11/11 Cleveland OH, House Of Blues

11/14 Boston, MA, House of Blues

11/16 Baltimore MA Rans Head Live

 

Headline Dates 2014

01/25 New York, NY Terminal 5

01/27 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom

01/28 Burlington, VT Higher Ground

01/31 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory

02/01 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory

02/03 Cincinatti, OH Madison Theatre

02/05 Milwaukee, Wi Turner Hall

02/06 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue

02/07 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue

02/20 Houston, TX Warehouse Live

02/21 Austin, TX Stubb’s

02/22 Dallas, TX House of Blues

02/24 Phoenix, AZ Crescent

02/25 Phoenix, AZ Crescent

02/26 Santa Ana, CA Observatory

02/28 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst

03/01 San Francisco, CA Warfield

03/03 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom

03/04 Vancouver, BC Venue

03/05 Seattle, WA Neptune Theater

03/07 Salt Lake City, UT Complex

03/08 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater

03/10 Lawrence, KS Liberty Hall

03/11 Omaha, NE Slowdown

03/14 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

 

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