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Published: 2013/07/22

Dr Dog Will Show Off Their B-Room

Dr. Dog will release their new album B-Room on October 1 via Anti-. A statement from the band reads:

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 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 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.

Dr. Dog will support their album during a fall tour opening for indie-roots kinds The Lumineers. To pre-order B-Room, please click here.

Here’s a look at B-Room ‘s tracks

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

Here’s a look at Dr. Dog’s upcoming dates with The Lumineers

September 15 Morrison, CO—Red Rocks
September 17 Magna, UT—Great Salt Ampitheater
September 20 Redmond, WA—King County’s Marymoor Park
September 21 Redmond, WA—King County’s Marymoor Park
September 22 Portland, OR—Rose Qrter Memorial Coliseum
September 25 San Francisco, CA—America’s Cup Pavilion
September 26 Santa Barbara, CA—Santa Barbara Bowl
September 27 Los Angeles CA—Greek Theatre
September 28 Los Angeles CA—Greek Theatre
October 1 Phoenix, AZ—Comerica Theatre
October 3 Oklahoma City, OK—Downtown Airpark
October 4 St. Louis, MO—Chaifetz Arena
October 8 Memphis, TN—Mud Island Amphitheatre
October 9 Tuscaloosa, AL—Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
October 11 Atlanta, GA—The Masquerade
October 12 Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium
October 13 Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium
October 14 Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium
October 16 New Orleans LA—UNO Lakefront Arena
October 18 St. Augustine, FL—St. Augustine Amp
October 19 Tampa, FL—USF Sun Dome
October 20 Boca Raton FL—Sunset Cove Amphitheater

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