Formed in 1999 in greater West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA this psychedelic pop outfit?s line-up is based around the enigmatic Taxi (Scott McMicken, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; guitar, vocals, ex-Raccoon), Tables (b. Toby Leaman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; bass, vocals, ex-Raccoon), Text (b. Zach Miller, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; keyboards, guitar, vocals), Time (b. Juston Stens, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; drums, vocals) and Thanks (b. Frank McElroy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; guitar, vocals) by the time their fourth album was completed in 2006. Early incarnations had featured Truck (b. Doug ODonnell, 1977, Wilmington, Delaware, USA; guitar) who left prior to the bands first major support tour in 2004 with Kentuckys My Morning Jacket. He decided to concentrate on playing in fellow Philadelphians Doublehorse!, an act that shared Dr. Dogs knack of fusing effortless melodic vision with knowing, sardonic humour. While Today (b. Ted Mark, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; drums) had left the previous year, Trials (b. Andrew Jones, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; guitar) brief time with the band ended in 2005.
Dr. Dogs 2001 debut, the self-released The Psychedelic Swamp, was essentially a collection of demos recorded by founder members, Taxi and Tables. The lo-fi Toothbrush - An Introduction To Dr. Dog from 2002, covered similar ground and at times flew close to the feel of the Beatles demos for 1968s sprawling The Beatles. All this fused with their appreciation of Brian Wilsons experimental approach to music making and the Bands quest to transpose the heart and soul of North America, meant that Dr. Dog were eventually marketed in a similar way to UK retro oddballs the Bees (aka A Band Of Bees).
Although 2004s Easy Beat was the bands first widely available release, it stayed true to their DIY ethic and was recorded at home onto eight-track tape. By 2007s We All Belong, they had been persuaded to record within a 24-track studio. The previous years Takers & Leavers EP had hinted at this progression but it was on the ambitious full-length disc that they began to shine in high fidelity. Using the Beach Boys unparalleled 1966 Pet Sounds as a template, tracks such as My Old Ways and Worst Trip were imitative but contained the indelible Dr. Dog stamp.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.