Hailing from Westchester County, The Dig have been playing together since the sixth grade. The Dig aren't overwhelmingly poppy, and they dont have a sound that is too indie for most listeners, placing them in the happiest medium. Fronted by David Baldwin and Emile Mosseri, it's easy to draw comparisons to the garage sounds of The Strokes and the catchy boyishness of The Postelles in The Dig's debut album, Electric Toys, yet the band is able to distinguish themselves by their ability to seamlessly go from post-punk to slow and meditative tracks in an instant.
Electric Toys' roaring opener, "Carry Me Home," sets the tone for the next eleven tracks following. The song kicks off with a slow and calm beat that progresses into a fast-paced, electrified rock sound at the chorus. The Dig dive right in to post-punk sounds in their hypnotic following track, "Two Sisters In Love," and while it was a nice transition into something a little riskier than "Carry Me Home," the real honey of the album lies in "You're Already Gone." The Dig truly enter Strokes territory in "You're Already Gone," unleashing their urban-punk with poppy youthful vocals. Although these opening songs carry out a relaxing tune, The Dig maintain their foot-stomping melodies and explosive choruses throughout.
It's rare to hear an album that makes it so incredibly difficult to decide the best track. Electric Toys does just this, with all the songs competing for the album's highlight. "Penitentiary" brings Mosseri's high-pitched vocals to the surface backed by loopy guitars and bouncy synths, but "Look Inside" probably takes the cake for our favorite song. One of the great things about The Dig is that while they master an indie-punk sound, their music is laid-back enough for top pop radio stations and other outlets beyond Brooklyn gossip circles.
And that multi-purpose sound is as varied as it is entertaining. The album's closer, "Feel Like Somebody Else" takes on a completely different approach, utilizing Baldwin's woozy deep vocals, light drumming and airy bass, a song that is soft, yet powerful enough for a final track. The Dig have seemed to avoid the typical young band mentality (pigeonhole yourself), and without even a single mediocre song on Electric Toys, despite the varied flavors, who can blame them?