CD Review: The Dig “Electric Toys”

The boys from The Dig could not have picked a better cover for their debut album; the perfect image of a delicious chocolate cupcake. When I asked Emile Mosseri, who plays the bass and does the vocals, what two words would best describe his band, he responded with: “Catfish Blast.” Although he did not go into why those two words, I would like to believe that The Dig are certainly catfish, in the sense that they will also grow in their “commercial importance,” and the word “blast” can definitely describe their debut album, Electric Toys.

Since the release of the album in June, the band have been getting pretty good reviews thanks to their sounds, ethos and passion for music, which quickly drew comparisons to another big name in New York; The Strokes.  When I asked Emile what he thought of the association he happily replied: “The Strokes are a great band; in fact we used to rehearse next door to them for a year.” That perhaps explains how the familiar sound might not be just a coincidence. In addition to being produced by Bryce Goggin (also the producer of Pavement’s 1994 indie classic, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain), The Dig have incorporated their eclectic influences into the style and melody of their music. Influences ranging from the sounds of old rock and old, to Neil Young, The White Charger and, of course, The Beatles.

The lyrics and rhythms on the twelve tracks on the album are fluid, well thought out and intelligent. “Carry Me Home”, the opening track, starts with a nice slow beat which quickly carries us into a more rock and roll sound. After listening to the first track, it is hard not to be carried into their universe. The complete combination of all the tracks really shows that the boys have put their soul into this album. When asked who the main writer is, Emile replies: “We compose the lyrics and music all together as an equal band.” In fact, the four members – Emile, David, Erick and Jamie – grew up playing music together and this album is a collection of songs that they were working on for about three years.

Luckily, fans won’t have to wait too long for their next album. Emile tells me that they are heading back into the recording studio this winter, with plans to record some songs in French. Overall, this album does not sound like a debut, and I am sure that it is just the start of what this incredible band can record.

For more on The Dig: http://www.myspace.com/thedigisup