What was coincidentally my first show since July was also The Dig’s first show in over a year since the band made their move out to California.
Hitting the road in support of their double EP, Afternoon with Carolina and Moonlight Baby, The Dig played an intimate sold out show at The Chapel. This being the first show to follow their “A Year Of Music” campaign, the band is also set to play Portland and Seattle later in November.
The Dig, which is driven by heavy synth sounds, upbeat, groovy drum + bass patterns, and backed by two vocalists, delivered a one-two punch to the crowd. The hour long setlist, which mostly encompassed songs from their latest releases where they played sappy synth-pop songs that play with the concept of love and self identity. Some of my favorite songs from this show included “Soul of the Night”, “Communion”, and “I Don’t Need You Anymore”.
One of the strong points with this band is that they are all multi-instrumentalist. The constant switching off of instruments adds a nice variety of playing styles to the overall binding sound that is The Dig.
It’s been a while since I’ve been to a show where the audience was as engaged as they were that night; the crowd clapping and singing along to the choruses. Everyone feeding off of each other’s energy.
The Dig has grown a dedicated fan base and are admittedly a much bigger band than I was expecting them to be.
Keep this band on your radar. They have a consistently been putting out solid tunes since 2010 and are packing every show they play.
Austin Newkirk is a San Francisco Bay Area photographer. You’ll likely find him in one of three places - out at the beach with his dog, Ky, at a brewery sipping on a stout, or out shooting your next favorite band.