By: Kelsey Lacanilao
Once again, Dr. Dog’s appearance in Seattle got people stoked. Their first live album, Live at the Flamingo Hotel was released this January, and they “figured it makes sense to play some well...shows.” Those who missed the opportunity to see them last year in March quickly got their hands on tickets for this year.
There was sweat, bodily jams and hardcore euphoria all around. There was even an impressive crowd surf from Toby and dozens and dozens of fans were eager to touch that sweaty back. All were in the highest of spirits, joyously, poorly singing our lungs out, swaying, foolishly rocking out, arms around the shoulders of your ol’ college kin.
Formed in Philadelphia in 1999, Dr. Dog began in an abandoned silversmith factory where they crafted their lo-fi sound. Since then they’ve had about 8 albums that have all been pretty steady during Dr. Dog’s ascent. Lead singers Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken and together with the rest of the band have very distinct qualities that create this sick timbre.
Those who have had the chance to witness the all around goodness of a Dr. Dog live performance understand their impressive showmanship, incredible display of their charged, pleasantly off-kiltered sounds, and the inevitability of high spirits. Those of you who haven’t, should check out Live at the Flamingo Hotel, which integrates both the quality of said goodness and songs from 6 different albums. It’s a sweet deal, man.
Side note: I’m a fan of the opener, Los Angeles/San Francisco based musician Hanni El Khatib. He worked as a creative director for HUF and his classic Americana vibe works well with his sound. If you love fuzzy amps, electric blues guitar and a mixture of ’50-‘60’s garage rock, soul, blues, Hanni El Khatib has smooth raw sound you should check out.