Old school rock lovers will find much to savour on this new album from classic pop-rock revivalists Dr. Dog. And here’s the hook – the band has gone back to their unreleased debut cassette of the same name (from 2001) – to revisit the material and come up with new songs based on that vibe.
And it is one of the finest authentic rock ’n’ roll albums, you are likely to hear in 2016. From the moment the laid back mid tempo Doors-channeling opener “Golden Hind” begins its magic carpet ride, the true blue music lover knows that they are well and truly… home.
The rest of Psychedelic Swamp is a wonder and joy to behold. The stomping glam rock of “Dead Record Player”, the smooth pop of “Bring My Baby Back”, the Lennonesque whimsy of “Fire On My Back” and the (latter 60s) Beach Boys channeling “Engineer Says” demonstrate that Dr. Dog has its finger on the pulse of classic pop and rock music.
Bands like Dr. Dog are a rarity in this day and age, and as such, albums such as Psychedelic Swamp need to be treasured.