Dr. Dog | 10.07 | Providence, RI

Words & Images by: Bear Connelly

Dr. Dog :: 10.07.08 :: Club Hell :: Providence, RI

Dr. Dog :: 10.07 :: Club Hell
This fall Dr. Dog has hit the road hard in support of their new album, Fate. On a crisp Rhode Island night, the band brought their show to Club Hell in Providence. Yeah, creepy name for a club, I know. Club Hell is located in the jewelry district of the mid-size New England city and is usually home to punk and metal bills, not throwback '70s granola-rock bands. Although confused by the name, the band seemed pleased with the club and its décor, including art on the wall that reminded bassist Toby Leaman (aka "Tables") of Han Solo frozen in carbonite.

The show consisted of only songs from the last two albums, which was a little disappointing considering they technically have six (including this year's compilation of unreleased old tracks, Passed Away Vol. 1) under their belt. Highlights from We All Belong included a full band arrangement of "Love at the End Of Your Day" and a "Die Die Die" encore that featured members of the opening band, Delta Spirit, on various percussive instruments. Some of the new tunes that got the crowd going were an up-beat version of "The Breeze" and the catchy, arpeggio filled "The Old Days," which got the night started.

Dr. Dog definitely has a flare for the dramatic. They dance and hop around while playing so much I thought they were going to crash into each other. At one point, Leaman was lying on the ground with his feet in the air thumping away on his bass. It's apparent that these guys are having a hell of a time, especially when they are dressed in unique hats and funny glasses. The positive energy transferred well to the young college age crowd, who hung on every word. Their great stage presence can make up for the lack of translation that some of their songs experience going from the studio to the stage. Gone are the perfect harmonies and honky tonk piano licks, replaced by out of breath backing vocals and an electronic, multi-sound keyboard. The band does travel with a Rhodes electric piano, but it was located onstage near guitarist Scott McMicken (aka "Taxi"), who didn't use it much.

Delta Spirit warmed up the hipster crowd with their brand of Americana rock that reminded me of The Strokes but less riffy. The band has a nice sound but tends to use the same songwriting formula, which leads to everything sounding the same, especially if one is not familiar with their material.

Dr Dog :: 10.07.08 :: Providence, RI
The Old Days, Hang On, The Way the Lazy Do, Army of Ancients, Love at the End of Your Day, The Breeze, My Friend, 100 Years, Worst Trip, From, Ark, Ain't it Strange, The Beach, Fate, The Rabbit The Bat & The Reindeer
E: Die Die Die

Delta Spirit :: 10.07.08 :: Providence, RI
Bleeding Bells, Strange Vine, People C'mon, House Built For Two, Streetwalker, Parade, St. Francis, Children, Trashcan, People Turn Around

Dr. Dog - 10/07 - "Die Die Die"

Check out our exclusive feature/interview with Dr. Dog here.

Dr. Dog is on tour now in Europe. Dates available here.

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moemoe6434 starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/12/2008 12:50PM
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moephishH2O starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/12/2008 01:15PM
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Caught these guys with Delta Spirit in Eugene last month and was VERY impressed. Go see 'em!

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Chaloupka starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/12/2008 02:10PM
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Great band! Love their albums!

jimmy row Wed 11/12/2008 04:24PM
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great band. check out easy beat. good jams

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^will do

harrisonp starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/12/2008 07:05PM
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GREAT BAND! seen em' five times. worth every penny.

NittyGritty Thu 11/13/2008 08:55AM
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Gotta love the dog, these guys rock..haven't had a chance to see them live but looking forward to it. Love their albums

rainydaywomen420 starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/13/2008 11:31AM
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great band. Easy Beat makes my pants party

rainydaywomen420 starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/13/2008 11:38AM
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wow im god damn serious when i say that cover of heart it races is boner worthy

sschaffner Thu 11/13/2008 01:15PM
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i must admit, that's not a great rendition of 'die, die, die' up there. i'm sure the poor video quality doesn't help, but regardless this band is really, really good. their new album fate is an instant classic, without a doubt, conjuring up the spirit of the beatles and the beach boys and the likes of many other great artists to create their own unique blend of modern day indie rock that is simply magical, refreshing, powerful, and uplifting.

tribaluna starstarstarstar Wed 11/26/2008 11:31AM
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Saw them in Birmingham at Bottletree it was a very good show, Delta Spirit even impressed.