Be The Void – Dr. Dog And All The Hippy Trippy Non-Sense You Can Handle
What does it take to be Dr. Dog and the fab five? Well if this writer knows anything personally about Dr. Dog, and he does not, it takes a jammin’ old school sound, great lyrics, and a bit of hipster swagger. Is this Dr. Dog’s bite worse than its bark, or is it just a little baby chihuahua? Keep that mouse wheel scrolling to find out.
Be The Void certainly keeps the old school rock spirit alive, and we like that. A little bit creative, a little bit predictable, and a whole lot of love. Like the track “That Old Black Hole,” who am I to tell the truth? Well, I am the man whose opinion you are reading and his opinion is that you should sit back and enjoy. The Dr. Dog gang has hit another home run in the world of outdated music being re-invented. With the help of Bill Moriarty (the third best name on the planet) the band found a new sound that they longed for a few years ago and that sound continues to today. This time with the help of the ever pragmatic Nathan Sabatino of Golden Boots the band kicks the amp all the way to 11. I dare anyone reading this not to shake your respective derriere to the slick licks on “These Days.” Slide the ticker over to “Get Away” and get lost in the island sound and gentle voice gleaming into the void.
I know people love to compare the Dog to a band from the 60′s, but you can put that craptastic opinion away right now. Dr. Dog stands their own ground with creativity, original tracks, a mix of sounds, and a care-free independent attitude. One of the things that stood out to me about half way through this album is the excellent execution of highs and lows in the tempo and feel. Toby Leaman slides his way into your ear canal like a “Big Girl” on a KY caked slip and slide. Gracefully crashing into your brain and making you take notice.
For those that have never given this band (or this album) a chance please run out and purchase it TODAY. If you like smooth sounds, great vocals, an old school vibe, and amazing back up harmonies then you do have a soul and you will love Dr. Dog and Be The Void. For you vinyl heads check out the quote below;
“We got a song on there called “Control Yourself” and one called “Warrior Man”, which were pressed on remnant vinyl — made from the leftover color pellets from other pressings — so every one will be a different color. There’s some really good ones in there.” Courtesy of the talented crew at FreeWeekly.com .
4.5 out of 5
Tracks for the ADD: “That Old Black Hole,” “These Days,” “Vampire,” “Big Girl,” “Heavy Light.”………..All of them.