Live Review by: JAMES KIM
On Wednesday night, The Silver Lake Lounge was filled with patrons, music fans and the usual cacophony of bar chatter. As the lights dimmed, the noise diminished and New York’s indie rock band, “The Dig,” took the stage for their second residency show. The crowd pushed forward, and the spacious room was now packed shoulder to shoulder.
As The Dig played their first song of the night, it was easy to tell the four-piece band was well rehearsed. David Baldwin and Emile Mosseri – the guitarist and bassist for the New York quartet – both have been playing in bands since middle school, and some members attended Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music. The band was extremely tight, with each musician playing with precision and immaculate timing.
As the set continued throughout the night, the chatter started to grow. This didn’t serve as a problem for the indie rock group, as their massive sound drowned out the clamor. The band played with a full and nicely blended sound, but it was Mosseri’s voice that really stuck out. It was distinct, and resonated above all of the other instruments. Mosseri hardly sang out of tune — even when he hit those high notes — proving he had the chops to back up his amazing vocal talent.
Towards the end of the set, the crowd started to thin out. Mosseri encouraged the shy LA audience to fill in the gaps and said, “Come a little closer. I want to see what we’re dealing with.” The Dig proceeded to play songs off of their 2012 album, “Midnight Flowers,” included the fan favorite, “I Already Forgot Everything You Said.”
The band not only performed their songs at a high level, but also had a visceral stage presence. They ended the set with the infectious song “Black Water.” The song slowly built up to exhilarating heights, with Mosseri repeatedly shouting the phrase, “Black water, will I fall in your arms again?” The answers left uncertain, but judging by the crowd’s reaction, it wouldn’t be surprising if there are some familiar faces at The Dig’s next residency show.
The Dig live:
LOS ANGELES, CA
Silverlake Lounge (FREE)
LOS ANGELES, CA
Silver Lake Lounge (FREE)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Bottom of the Hill
The Sail Inn