photo by Ahron R. Foster, via The House List.
Last Friday, we caught Dr. Dog bring the house down at Manhattan's Terminal 5. The feeling was ecstatic the whole night, with the sold-out crowd of 3,000 singing along and crowd surfing to pretty much every song. Dr. Dog lived up to their reputation of a great live show in spades. Every song was packed with its own euphoric energy in a set that spanned every album from the bands ten year career. The two newest albums, Be The Void
and Shame, Shame
, were the most represented of the night, with heavy rocking tracks like "Stranger" and "Vampire."
Hearing the new tracks on Friday proved that the stage is still the most natural place for Dr. Dog. Even moments of needed improvisation, like when Toby Leaman's bass amp needed to be replaced, were treats to the audience. As Toby replaced his equipment, Scott McMicken played an impromptu version of "County Line" from their debut album Toothbrush
. Dr. Dog played the show like a big well-coordinated family. They easily managed complex guitar duos and vocal harmonies while running in place and laughing with each other on tracks like "Worst Trip" and "The Rabbit, The Bat and The Reindeer." The quieter moments were just as intense: Leaman sang the crowd favorite, "Fate" in a range between a whisper and a demonic growl.
Good vibes flooded the three levels of Terminal 5 as Dr. Dog finished up their encore. The sextet ended on an old B-side, their awesome cover of Architecture in Helskini's "Heart It Races." The night was like a Dr. Dog retrospective: showing off how solid their career has been all the way through.
02. That Old Black Hole
04. The Breeze
05. The Ark
06. Do The Trick
07. Worst Trip
08. County Line (from 1st album)
09. Shadow People
11. I Only Wear Blue
12. Hang On
13. The Rabbit, The Bat, and The Reindeer
14. These Days
15. Heavy Light
16. The Beach
17. The Way the Lazy Do
18. Jackie Wants a Black Eye
20. Warrior Man
21. Oh No
22. Heart It Races (Architecture In Helsinki cover)
Check out Dr. Dog playing The Parish below.