The Dig stands out among M-Shop performers

The Dig came to the Maintenance Shop on March 29. They performed songs from their new album “Bloodshot Tokyo.” 

Thomas Shreve

The M-Shop is often host to smaller, more unfamiliar bands and The Dig is no different. However, The Dig manages to make a far larger impression than most bands thanks to their unique style.

Immediately, when The Dig took the stage I was a little worried. There was minimal lighting and you could barely see anything but the stage. The electronic synthesizer began to play what sounded like music from a horror film and the two frontmen sharply held a long, high note together. However, my skepticism was tossed aside as the four musicians began to sync up.

Right off the bat the most impressive aspect of The Dig is their heavy reliance on electronic beats via the synthesizer. There was not a single beat that did not entertain and every new song had me looking forward to what creative noise would come out of that machine. It also really aided their heavy emphasis on diversity.

While The Dig would mostly describe themselves as psych-pop, they crossed over into many different genres during their show such as rock, pop, alternative, punk and indie. Each song felt unique which made for an engaging show.

However, if there is one aspect to criticize, it is clearly the vocals. For a band as dynamic as this, with two frontmen, one would expect diversity in vocals. While Emile Mosseri and David Baldwin’s voices were not necessarily bad, they fell flat compared to the rest of the performance. At first, their high pitched, floaty voices complimented the electronic tunes excellently, but after a few songs they seemed to be the only dull feature of the otherwise spirited performance. It almost seemed as if the vocals for each song were copy and pasted over and over.

The good news is that The Dig are all excellent performers who know how to entertain a crowd. Like some live performers, The Dig did not have to sacrifice anything for their live show. If anything, their music was exemplified by a live performance. Mosseri and Baldwin never felt like they were trying too hard but were able to say everything they needed to simply through their music.

The biggest stand out of the show was the band’s dance number. It was a groovy song that ended up being a ton of fun to listen to. Plus, watching Mosseri and Baldwin teach the audience their own dance was hilarious.

The opener, Doctor Murdock, got the job done. While their performance initially started off slow and generic, it evolved into a high energy romp full of distinct guitar solos and high energy drum features performed by a shirtless drummer.

The Dig will be continuing their tour throughout the Midwest, eventually heading back to their home state of New York.