Be The Void, the latest Dr. Dog release since 2010’s Shame, Shame, takes a different direction for the band into the realm of true indie-folk rock. Prior releases by the band have been loud, cacophonous at times, and have featured the true spirit of rock. Be The Void is more honest, guttural and toned-down.
“Turning the Century” would have fit perfectly in the 60’s or 70’s on the stage of Woodstock. The track features the type of acoustic guitar work associated with the period. A finger-strumming good time, the track would make Willie Nelson or Bob Dylan proud. Even “Warrior Man,” a track that pulls away from acoustic and builds out a full band, Americana sound, sounds like it belongs in a different time period. The track is lo-fi and perfect for enjoying on a summer day, lying the grass. “Lonesome,” the first single from the album is as indie rock as you can get. The track stampedes along sounding a bit like Modest Mouse-meets-the Doors and is the perfect anthem for the lonely-hearted.
Dr. Dog might have gone a different way on this album, but hot dog, it works!