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Dr. Dog Prove Best Prescription For Early Saturday Night

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Dr. Dog at The Phoenix
Dr. Dog
Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON
October 16, 2010

Review by: Natalia Buia
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

The lighting guy (or girl) at the Dr. Dog show last Saturday deserves a round of applause for their hard work. All the smoke and bright, colourful lights only emphasized the warm glow that lingers throughout a Dr. Dog song.

This Philly foursome put on a spectacle right from the start as they began with “Stranger” from their recently released album Shame, Shame. By the time the chorus hit, which concludes with “And slowly I’ve become undone, a stranger with a stranger heart” everyone in the packed venue was clapping along, wanting to hear more new songs. Toby Leaman (bass, vocals) continued singing “I Only Wear Blue” which, personally, I was a little surprised to hear so early on in the set. The next three songs were a throwback to their previous album, Fate. The band kept the momentum going; never missing a beat and never taking a breather.

It wasn’t until halfway through the set the crowd gave the band the reaction they truly deserved. As Scott McMicken (guitar, vocals) took over singing duties with the first single from the new album “Shadow People”, a ruckus was created. The tune was slightly altered with a longer guitar intro but the sound still left a noble impression. Since this was such an early show for a Saturday, my expectations in terms of bodies bopping in the crowd were low. I soon discovered you should never doubt a Dr. Dog fan. They’re die hard. One man in front of me, for example, sang along to every tune, word for word, bless that man.

The majority of songs on the set list seemed to derive from Fate. This wouldn’t be a problem if I wasn’t such a softie for the current album as well as We All Belong, their 2007 release which includes 13 joyous jams with group harmonies that grant goosebumps. Admittingly, I was dying to hear the title track off the latter album along with other key tracks such as “My Old Ways”.

Alas, as the show capped off with a throwback to a Golden Boots song, where Leaman and McMicken chant “sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t, fuck it!” I was willing to throw in the towel and accept that sometimes bands do play the old favourites you love, and sometimes they don’t. Fuck it.

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