There’s something about this new Dr. Dog song. It’s a slow, drowsy and casually-paced ramble through rickety old train tracks. Or at least, that’s what the lyric video portrays visually. But it seems apt. The percussion drives the first few measures with delicate, distant vibra/xylophone taps before the surfy, old-school guitar strums come in. And it’s a solid minute or so before you’re even sure the song’s going to have any energy other than lethargy. But before you know it, they’re all singing and the track takes on a new kind of release—a choral, cathartic harmony of voices that hints at hurt and repair. “The truth don’t stop” goes the song and follows, along with the lyric video, the train allegory. If that’s where they’re taking us let’s go there: it’s true – the truth doesn’t stop to consider feelings or consequences and sometimes it’s unpleasant.
But as a first single, this one’s a little weird. It’s sleepy. It’s not all that complex. It’s not a radio-friendly song. Is it pretty? Yup. Do we enjoy it? Absolutely. However, if this is indicative of what B-Room is going to sound like when it hits shelves on October 1 via Anti-, are we going to get ten more of these? What about the sunny, energetic vibes of Shame, Shame? Sure, Shame’s got moments of quiet reflection and calm thoughtfulness. On Spotify, you can see the track list for B-Room even if you can only listen to “The Truth,” and maybe we could’ve seen this coming with the simpler, slightly stripped down nature of last year’s Be The Void. There you can see the upcoming autumnal release’s titles, and some of em’ do, indeed, sound dark: “Broken Heart,” “Too Weak to Ramble,” “Long Way Down,” “Love,” “Can’t Remember” and “Humble Passenger.”
Hopefully their spirits haven’t been broken, and they’ve still got some joyous, ecstatic house party energy kickin’ around. To be sure, you should probably go check em’ out as they share the stage with the Lumineers at the Susquehanna Bank Center this weekend. Here’s how we wrote it up for the calendar:
“Hooo, doggie! WXPN’s put together a real humdinger for its 9th annual XPoNential Music Festival. From Friday evening to Saturday afternoon, the Camden Waterfront will feature about 40 acts at two venues: the Wiggins Park site, which has a huge roster of talent, and bigger but fewer names at the nearby Susquehanna Bank Center. The SBC’s nights are Saturday and Sunday, with the latter being the home to the also creatively capitalized AmericanaramA Festival. The tickets don’t cross-apply, so get your deets right on XPN’s FAQ page.
Day One at SBC is Hey Marseilles, Polica, Dr. Dog and The Lumineers. Go ‘head, Dr. Dog! We’re proud to see the Baltimore Avenue boys getting some love—and just in time, too, because this week, they released a new track (“The Truth”) from their highly-anticipated October 1-slated release B-Room. Then the AmericanaramA fest features some big names: Bob Dylan & His Band, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingham. Expected highlights from the Wiggins sets include Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros closing the night on Friday; Erin McKeown, Matt Pond and Dr. John’s midday bing-bang-boom on Saturday before John Butler Trio’s finale, and a very strong Sunday evening with a run of Jose James, Phosphorescent, Lianne La Havas, Justin Townes Earle and Dawes closing.”
Through Sun., July 28. $5-$125. Various times for various acts. Wiggins Park, at Mickle Boulelvard and Riverside Drive, in Camden, NJ + Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Boulevard, in Camden, NJ. 215.898.6677. xpn.org