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Dr. Dog

Sixty seconds with Scott McMicken



Indy: Do you get sick of being compared to the Beach Boys, the Beatles and the Band?

SM: I've never put much stock in that. We do kind of sound like the Beatles. We do kind of sound like the Beach Boys and the Band sometimes. Some people use it as some evidence of us not being very original, and some people use it as some evidence of our being skilled and talented. It all cancels itself out. It's an absurd and really egotistical idea to think you can somehow arrive at this music that no one has ever conceived of or felt before.

Indy: How did your hometown of Philly play a role in the songs on Shame, Shame?


SM: As we've all grown older, we've identified more with our town. I'm sure a lot of that has to do with being away so much. When you come home you can walk your streets and feel like "These are my streets. These aren't the streets of tonight to be replaced by the streets of tomorrow. These are my streets." You see yourself in it, and you're not just this wandering traveler here. You belong here. That becomes a feeling, and then that becomes something to write about.

Indy: Did it feel like things had come full circle having [My Morning Jacket frontman] Jim James sing on this album after he helped Dr. Dog out early on?

SM: It was really full circle [because] he was the first supporter of our band ever. He will forever be one of the most important people in the development of our band. He helped us out when there was no one paying any attention to us.

— Nick Chambers

At Englewood's Gothic Theatre, April 20.

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