Indie rock band, Dr. Dog, performed at The Observatory in Santa Ana this past Wednesday night. The intimacy of the venue allowed for a connective experience between the psychedelic rock band and members of the audience. The band’s evolved sound has been cultivated throughout the past decade and some shuffling of band members.
Just within the past several years, Dr. Dog has grown in recognition and musical maturation. Dr. Dog has been able to set themselves apart from other indie rock acts with their creative use of distinct sounds of tools and other instruments that give the band a garage-type feel to their music.
Dr. Dog released their seventh album “B-Room” on October 1, 2013. The boys from Philadelphia kicked off their set with “Wasted” a song collaboration. Guitarist-vocalist, Scott McMicken and bassist-vocalist Toby Leaman, had the members of the audience eating from the palm of their hands within the first bar.
Dr. Dog added “Broken Heart” from their most recent soulful album “B-Room” in their set list. The band included their famous cover of the song “Heart It Races” by Architecture in Helsinki, which had the crowd in a vibed frenzy. The performance and overall sound is reminiscent to that of 1960s hippie rock. The group finished their set with slow rock jam, “Lonesome” from their 2012 album “Be The Void.”
Because the band played a variety of songs from their seven studio albums, Dr. Dog successfully pleased the crowd by appealing to old and new fans alike. I felt like I was at a house party watching some of my friends jam out. The audience applauded the set and the group even came out for an encore performance.
Dr. Dog will continue to tour throughout the US and Canada for the next couple months.