Dr. Dog: Be the Void (Anti-) 

Dr. Dog manages to take a step back toward a more- eclectic, ramshackle sound without losing any of the magnetic catchiness of its last studio record.

What most characterizes Be the Void is the joyful, live spontaneity that bounds from song to song. More adventurous and experimental than the band's ANTI- debut, 2010's Shame, it's an album that swells and swings with remarkable ease between abstraction and dialed-in melodies. Scott McMicken and Toby Leaman again work splendidly as complementary lead singers, both a bit rough around the edges, yet full of charm.

First-single "That Old Black Hole" has a spacey psychedelic sheen, with swirling background electronics from Tucson's Dimitri Manos (of Golden Boots), the band's newest member, credited as electronics-percussionist-guitarist. Like elsewhere, the lyrics lean toward the absurd, yet strangely always in service of the tune.

There's a refreshing weirdness everywhere on Be the Void, built from the band's willingness to play openly with conventions and expectations, and toss in an extra dash of sound whenever possible. The evidence is scattered everywhere: the propulsive slide-guitar riff on "Lonesome," the jungle beats on "Heavy Light," the sharply rhythmic keyboard on "How Long Must I Wait?," the descending sci-fi blips on "Warrior Man" and the creaking twang of "Turning the Century."

Though Dr. Dog has always been a compelling band, Be the Void sounds exactly like the music the band is supposed to make—it's a strange and shape-shifting series of songs that never stop reeling you in.

More by Eric Swedlund

  • This Ain’t Basketball

    Diverse Tucson quintet unleashes its fifth LP
    • Oct 20, 2016

    Matt and Kim headline new Dusk Music Festival bringing other national and local acts together
    • Oct 13, 2016
  • The Madcap Laughs

    Why onetime Tucsonan Robyn Hitchcock is a two and a half trick pony
    • Oct 6, 2016
  • More »


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

The Range

Song of the Day: 'Cosmic Love Song No. 23' by Louise Le Hir

The Lantern Fest: Get Your Shine On

Fill Up On Beer, Bands and Brats at 4thtober Fest

More »

Latest in Rhythm & Views

  • Rhythm & Views

    American Monoxide “In Flight Mode” (People In A Position To Know)
    • Dec 18, 2014
  • Rhythm & Views

    Wight Lhite “Beyond the Satellites” (Paisley Shirt Records)
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Noise Annoys

    Mute Swan and the Curse of Local Hype
    • Oct 20, 2016
  • Honky Tonk Girl

    How this Tucson 19-year-old might trip the country electric
    • Sep 29, 2016
  • More »

Facebook Activity

© 2016 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation