Scott McMicken says that after making five albums, “we’d been doing it on our own so long it was no longer exciting or compelling” — which led Philadelphia indie rockers Dr. Dog down a circuitous path on the New “Shame, Shame.”
It is, at least partly, quintet’s first album made away from its own studio and with an outside producer, Rob Schnapf. But the end result was much more homegrown than originally intended.
“We spent three months in our own studio and one month away,” McMicken, 31, explains, “so it wasn’t a full-on departure. We had to do it ourselves to finish it.
“For us, everything is about putting one foot in front of the other. So it was a good way to get our foot in the door into a new way of thinking; more than anything we learned a little bit more about a way of working as a band. We’ll build on the experience of making this one and set a course for the next one.”
One thing fans will hear on “Shame, Shame,” however, is Dr. Dog’s intent to “be more of a live band in the studio setting” and the surprising amount of detail it takes to achieve that.
“It almost sounds like an obvious thing, but really performing your part well ... we never really paid a lot of attention to that,” McMicken notes. “Before we would kind of abstract things in just putting one instrument at a time. We never really played songs as a band; we would record and then learn them.
“This was a lot more involved. You can’t skate through the tune, and I think it made us all more sensitive musicians. I don’t think we’ll ever record in as reckless or as insensitive a way as we did in the past after this experience.”
Dr. Dog and Here We Go Magic perform Wednesday, Oct. 20, at The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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