interview by Leigh Bezezekoff
photos by Chad Syme
Psychedelic indie rockers Dr. Dog came to our rescue today as they played a last-minute show live at KEXP’s SXSW broadcast from the KLRU Studios. This Philadelphia-based band, comprised of members Taxi, Tables, Text, Trouble, and Thanks (yes, they do have real names), has toured with My Morning Jacket, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Strokes, and The Raconteurs. Always the music blog darlings, Dr. Dog have lately garnered attention thanks to their enjoyable reworking of Architecture in Helsinki’s “Heart It Races” and the remix Beck did of their song “The Girl,” which was Beck’s first ever remix of another band’s song. After their energetic performance, Toby Leaman (Tables) chatted briefly with Leigh Bezezekoff before the band ran off to their already scheduled festival event:
KEXP: So you’re almost done with your 5th release right? Do you have a release date for that yet?
Toby: I think July 22nd is the tentative release date for that.
KEXP: Your last record We All Belong received a lot of critical attention and acclaim. How has the band as a whole or your touring schedule changed with that?
Toby: I don’t know. Every album we’ve done, the band has gotten a little more popular but we haven’t jumped real fast. We’ve been touring for four years. I don’t know how much on an effect it’s had. It’s awesome to think that people you don’t know are spreading great stuff about your album, but at the same time some people talk shit about your album. But in the end it’s really up to us. No one has ever come to our show and said they came because of an article they read. A lot of people have come because we’ve opened up for a billion bands like My Morning Jacket and The Black Keys.
KEXP: Who is your favorite band to work with?
Toby: I’ve loved everyone. After touring with a band, you become good friends with them. Like we just finished touring with The Delta Spirit, that was great.
KEXP: That Lou Reed cover you did for us today, was amazing. What other artists inspire or influence your sound?
Toby: Scott for his guitar has a distinct style and I know he listens to Mark
Leber Ribot (the guitar player for Tom Waits) and Neil Young, but not the quintessential like blues riff, but more like the textural sort of tap-making sense within the song with the rhythm guitar section. But I don’t know, we listen to everything.
KEXP: Do you have any plans to come out to Seattle anytime soon?
Toby: Yeah I’m sure when we’re finished with the record we’ll start planning the tour, but it comes out a such a weird time for touring, maybe late August, but we’re not sure yet.
KEXP: Well, we’re glad you could make time to play for us today, we look forward to seeing you this fall.
Toby: Yeah, thanks for thinking of us.