The Dig are LA-bound. Set to appear at The Echo on Saturday, March 18, their new album Bloodshot Tokyo is out now. It’s a collection of ear worms that evokes an MGMT hybrid of Oracular Spectacular and the unexpected, psych out of its follow up, Congratulations. Maybe add in a dash of The Flaming Lips, for good measure.
Highlights include the radio-ready track, “Jet Black Hair,” thumpy underwater glam rock in “Bleeding Heart (You Are The One),” and the never ending free fall in the chorus of “Simple Love.”
LA Music Blog caught up with singer and guitarist David Baldwin to talk about The Dig’s history, Bloodshot Tokyo, and the NYC band’s relationship with Los Angeles.
Some of The Dig’s band members have been together for quite awhile. When, where, and how did you meet? Have you always been known as The Dig?
Emile (Mosseri) and I met when we were about 11 years old in the suburbs outside New York City. We went to the same middle school, and started playing music together. We were in a Rage Against the Machine cover band, which was the first thing we did. In high school we started a funk band together, and that’s when we met Erick (Eiser). We were all about 15. Then we met Mark (Demiglio) in New York around 2011. So it’s been about 6 years as the current unit.
Why the “Bloodshot Tokyo” title?
We had spent a couple years on the album. There was one song in there that didn’t make it on to the final record. But it was title of the song that we thought best captured the feel of the album.
I read that at your album release show in Brooklyn, the band tossed black wigs in to the audience for your performance of “Jet Black Hair.” Was that a one shot deal, or should The Echo be ready for wigs?
Yeah, we’re actually gonna do that again at a couple more shows. But it’s starting to get a bit pricey!
The new album is, in a way, one that I would dub a melancholy party album. Does that resonate?
Yeah that’s pretty accurate. There is generally a mellow quality to the way our vocals sound, so that juxtaposed with trying to make it sound a bit more fun than our last releases. Maybe it’s the mix of going through funky and soul influences, and our singing in a more mellow category.
You played The Satellite in 2014. Have you played any other LA venues or had any memorable gigs here in town?
LA’s been a place where we have had a lot of really fun shows. The Bootleg Theater is always been a really fun place to play for us. And we had a great show at El Rey with Ben Kweller. Obviously that is an amazing venue. We’ve gotten in to a few different rooms there that we like a lot.
The show at The Echo is an early set. What can fans expect?
One thing that will be cool is that we are playing with some friends of ours. Our really good friend Boone Howard is going to be playing that night. He is incredible and has amazing songs. We’re doing a run of shows with him, and that is one of the first ones. That’ll be really great. We will be playing a lot of new stuff. Most of the new stuff. Definitely some stuff from the past couple of releases too, but slanted towards the new record. There may be some wigs involved too.
What do you like to do when passing through LA?
We all have some family out there, which is always cool to get to hang with them. Also, our manager and friend Rob lives there. So getting to see family and friends. And the last time we were there, we shot an infomercial for the new album, which was a nice way to spend our time off in LA – creating something for the band.
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For tickets to the show this Saturday at The Echo, click here.
Please note that this is an early show with a ticket time of 5:30pm. Support acts are Nico Yaryan and Boone Howard.