Hot Band Alert: “Electric Toys” by The Dig – Debut Album Review

Damn! These boys are cute. Ha! Okay now to the matter of importance … the music. I’m listening to and experiencing just released album “Electric Toys” by New York City band The Dig. After hitting play you are exposed to the first few seconds of an album that will more than likely shape your feelings for the rest of it. So it’s in the first track “Carry Me Home” as the first seconds feel like a sad and sullen piano which I like a lot. It’s pretty and addictive, but it soon gives way to drums and cosmic waves with the words, “Under the orange sky at the edge of the night.” Sigh…beautiful.

The song “You’re Already Gone” sounds exactly like The Strokes, in a good way.  The tracks are a very eclectic mix of songs with each one having its own personality unlike the song before it.  This makes for a listening experience that is not boring, but surprising in a subtle way.  I guess this comes from the alternating singers Emile Mosseri and David Baldwin who both have sexy voices.  One thing’s for sure, these boys are story tellers.  The lyrics are juicy narratives that take you on a journey.  This is one of those bands you listen to that makes you think they are not not just musicians, but writers too.

The album is energetic and I bet the first few rows at a show are filled with doe-eyed girls looking up through fluttering lashes and hopeful talk to me after the show stares. I know I feel like that when listening to the last track the pretty ballad “Feeling Like Somebody Else” — So darn purdee.  Your chance to be one of those front row ladies can be yours as The Dig embark on a tour to support their new album.

Words: by Roxanne Hilburn

Artist: The Dig
Album: “Electric Toys”
Release Date: June 8, 2010

Downlaod and listen to “You’re Already Gone.”

The Dig Tour Dates
(* w/ Thrice, Kevin Devine and Bad Veins)

June 11 – St. Paul, MN – Station 4*
June 15 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre*
June 16 – Montreal, QC – Le National*
June 17 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues*
June 18 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place*
June 19 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon*
June 21 – Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights*
June 22 – Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock Café*
June 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero*
June 24 – New York, NY – Fillmore At Irving Plaza*
June 25 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom*
June 26 – Towson, MD – The Recher Theatre*
June 28 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva*
June 29 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle*
June 30 – Charleston, SC – The Music Farm*
July 1 – Orlando, FL – House Of Blues*
July 2 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution*
July 3 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre*
July 6 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live*
July 7 – Austin, TX – Emo’s*
July 8 – Dallas, TX – The Palladium Ballroom*
July 9 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom*
July 10 – Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre*
July 11 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre*
July 13 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue*
July 15 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee*
July 16 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues*
July 17 – Pomona, CA – Fox Theater*

One thought on “Hot Band Alert: “Electric Toys” by The Dig – Debut Album Review

  1. Tessa

    Love your Hot Band Alerts! They have been very helpful in discovering new bands that rock. These guys are so good! And you’re right. They’re totally cute!!! Thanks!

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