Digging the scene at YMH
Local band holds show for EP release
Local band, Digg, released their new self-titled album, at Your Mom’s House on Jan. 25. Joining them were a handful of other local acts including The Cereal Company, Elder Grown, and MoonRadish, filling the night with funk and grooves as thick as gravy.
Digg released their debut album, There Are Days, back in 2015. The 11-track collection was filled with relaxed rock grooves and vocals from singer Will Crossland, similar to Sublime’s Bradley Nowell. Their new album, Digg, replaces the horn section with a jazzy electric keyboard.
On the night, they could be credited with their sheer sonic power, blasting back the audience with thundering drums and a full-frontal sound. Though the mix was a bit muddy, certain instrumentals lifted above the rest; notably, the funky keys from Joshua Rutherford, whose playing seemed to channel some of the history’s greats like Ray Manzarek (The Doors) and Rick Wakeman (Yes). These new styles contributed to an old dirty sound that comes out in songs like “Sex Man” and “Soulful Sadness” where bassist, Jesse Darrow, chimes in with soulful vocals.
Though their new album is clean and crisp, the concert failed to live up to the well mixed sound that only comes with well-produced recordings. Their sound seemed almost too large for the room. Perhaps the mix had been left as it was for the openers. Whatever the case, they lacked that something special that their website describes as “when the music hits you just right.”
This isn’t to say that the experience wasn’t a good one. Digg made up for the wonky dynamics with energy, power, and a good connection with the crowd. Soon enough, they had most of the heads in Your Mom’s House bobbing to the beat. It’s the kind of band that one sips craft beer to, surrounded by friends and good vibes.
They had some somber moments as well. Their new song “Wherever I Go” slows things down. It’s the kind of song where you hold close to your loved ones as Crosswell croons, “I want you with me, my body, my soul / I want you with me wherever I go.” This one was not only chance of pace but also peppered with complex phrasings and technical guitar and keyboard solos.
Digg wasn’t the only hard hitter of the night. The Cereal Company made waves with their wild on-stage presence and well-rounded ensemble. Tag team vocalists, Delia Ottomanelli and Bonnie Utter, exuded charisma, not to mention both can really belt. Though the band’s original material stood out on its own, they won over the crowd with covers of Led Zepplin’s “Ramble On” and Heart’s “Magic Man.” It was hard not to imagine the Wilson sisters had taken the stage and the whole venue had traveled back in time to the 1970s.
The entire night felt like a trip to the past made new again by the heady culture that swirled around the venue as it does throughout our state. The crowd, the place, the people all came together, creating a night to remember.