The Dig is one of those bands that is always ahead of the game. Their music, sound, and all-together vibe is painfully hip, yet boundlessly relatable.
The four-piece band is comprised of David Baldwin (guitar/vocals), Emile Mosseri (bass/vocals), Erick Eiser (keyboard/guitar), and Mark Demiglio (drums). Baldwin, Mosseri, and Eiser have a bond only those who have endured puberty together can share. Since their adolescence they’ve played in all kinds of bands—eventually creating The Dig and releasing their debut album “Electric Toys” in 2010. Though Demiglio didn’t join until about four-and-a-half years ago, he too has now been fully integrated into the family-like group–adding up to what we see today as The Dig.
On Feb. 3 they released their latest album “Bloodshot Tokyo” on Roll Call Records. Mosseri tells BTRtoday that the name of the album initially came from a track that actually didn’t make the cut. “It was a song about a place, that’s more like a state-of-mind or an idea, a place that chews you up and spits you out, a place that you go to that’s not sustainable, but it’s fun and colorful,” he explains. “So that’s the title that I felt like lent itself to the tone of the music.”
He also admits that the record is ultimately a love album—honoring all of the emotion’s different colors and shades.
Tracks like “Simple Love” and “Jet Black Hair” expose a hopeful side to the heart—whereas other songs like “Pool of Rotting Water” and “Tired of Love” convey a sort of desperation, almost giving up on love.
Mosseri explains that though the album is first and foremost about love, it also has different themes weaved throughout, and that’s due to the extreme nature of collaboration that the band is dedicated to during the creative process. “We have three songwriters in our band, so it kind of happens in every which way,” he explains about the song writing. “Sometimes it’ll be from a personal experience, sometimes it’ll be somebody bringing something to the band and it’ll get finished by somebody else—so, some are more personal than others, but overall it’s a collaboration.”
They spent several years writing this album, making sure they took their time and lingered on each word to be sung and each instrument strummed. The efforts of which made “Bloodshot Tokyo” one of the band’s most confident albums. The 11 tracks take you on journey of love and sorrow like a literary masterpiece.
They also are a band that put out beautifully artistic and touching music videos—filled with aesthetically catching colors, dance moves, and sceneries. Their most recent video is for the track “Simple Love” that features a peculiar conductor, orchestrating a huge musical ensemble.
The members of The Dig grew up in the ‘90s listening to Nirvana and being immersed in the whole grunge/garage rock scene. However, Mosseri adds that they also were raised on bands like The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, so their musical inspirations are pulled from all over the place—because of this, Mosseri explains that their sound is constantly evolving.
“I think that this record sounds the most like us more than any of our other records,” Mosseri confesses. “I feel like with this record we’re adopting new things stylistically—wearing a bunch of different coats, but it feels more natural to us because we’re inspired by and listen to so many different types of music.”
The Dig is currently on tour—something they are not only used to, but also look forward to. “It’s [touring] just the most fun thing in the world, but it can be a little exhausting at times.”
He explains that because they’re all like brothers to one another, things on the road can get a little feisty. “We all grew up together and spend so much time together… so, something that I said when I was like 14 can still be held against me, and vice versa, at any point.” He adds that along with the family dynamic, they also have been able to create a broader network of friends throughout each place they’ve played, whom they only get a chance to really visit while they’re touring. “The thing that we’re most excited about is to get out there and play these songs for people and also to see our friends and family around the country,” Mosseri says.
The Dig’s next show is March 7 with Communist Daughter at Pinhook in Durham, NC—make sure to catch a show in a city near you! And listen to the Music Meetup podcast for the entire interview with Mosseri, and to listen to “Bloodshot Tokyo.”