The biggest rock group to come out of Philly, who’s not named Hall & Oates, is arguably Dr. Dog. The indie rock group has been around since the turn of the millennium, holding a dense catalogue of records over the past two decades. Dr. Dog is led by duo-frontmen Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken, who share vocal and harmony duties. The shared vocals provide an impression of the Beatles’ Lennon and McCartney, however the harmonies and arrangements feel original and unique to Dr. Dog alone. If you’re a Beatles fan, you’ll definitely be digging this Philly Song of the Week.
Where’d All the Time Go is the perfect example of why I compare this group to the Beatles. The harmonies immediately give you that bubblegum sound, the bass sounds like Paul McCartney plucking along on his Höfner, and even the guitar solo sounds like George Harrison threw on some overdrive for a second. That being said, Dr. Dog really makes their own sound out of the arrangement and it comes together perfectly.
With Spring finally upon us, it’s the season for some upbeat indie rock and Dr. Dog is really something you don’t want to gloss over. To check them out, you can find them on your favorite streaming service!
Each week, the Philly Plain Dealer highlights an artist in the Philly music scene. If you have a favorite song by a Philadelphia artist, submit it by tweeting to @PlainPhilly.