While the band's previous records boasted meticulously crafted symphonic pop, this time around the band turns up the guitars and delivers a truly great cathartic rock 'n' roll album played with near reckless abandon and passion.
With the addition of new drummer Eric Slick and electronics-percussionist-guitarist Dimitri Manos, the band entered the studio (Meth Beach) with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and confidence, tracking the songs live to perfectly capture the rough and tumble energy of their renowned live show.
"We would just get in the pocket and go with it because it sounded great," bassist-vocalist Toby Leaman explains. "There wasn't this endless deliberating. We just went with our gut feelings on things."
"It was reminiscent of when we were starting out and were these fearless weirdoes in a basement, so confident and reckless and bold," guitarist-vocalist Scott McMicken adds. "It was really liberating."
The songs on Be The Void flawlessly combine Dr. Dog's adventuresome and expansive arrangements with a far leaner and meaner primal sound. The beats are harder, the guitars louder and edged with a warm distortion. "Guitars stopped being problematic and started becoming very exciting to us," McMicken explains.
From the rollicking re-imagined blues of the disc's opening track to the searing guitars of "Vampire," the frenetic punk urgency of "Over Here Over There" and the beautifully fuzzed out rock of "Warrior Man," Dr. Dog's Be The Void is a truly great rock 'n' roll record and the unmistakable sound of a band whose moment has arrived.
Be The Void Track Listing:
Lonesome That Old Black Hole These Days How Long Must I Wait Get Away Do The Trick Vampire Heavy Light Big Girl Over Here, Over There Warrior Man Turning The Century