Dr. Dog originated in from West Grove, Pennsylvania and self-recorded and self-released their first album The Psychedelic Swamp way back in 2001. Scott McMicken and Toby Leaman have been playing music together since 8th grade, starting their early project called Raccoon. In 2002 Dr. Dog formed with the addition of Zack Miller, drummer Ted Mark, and guitarist Doug O’Donnell. Their early recordings were experimental and were recorded on an eight track.
Various members were switched up in 2003 and 2004, Juston Stens replaced Ted Mark on drums. The band’s early years were spent largely in and around Philadelphia where they developed a small but dedicated fanbase touring with other local bands such as The Teeth. By 2006, Dr. Dog started recording regularly in Philadelphia and I guess it was a year later that I was introduced to the band and added them to the roster of bands I was following.
On July 29, 2009, Dr. Dog signed to ANTI-Records and in 2010 and Shame, Shame was released as the band became more modern and a little more punk-rock.
On October 2011, McMicken announced their new album, “Be the Void” would be released in 2012, they released a 7” for the 2011 Black Friday Record Store Day, and was officially released February 7 on ANTI-Records.
On September 27, 2012, Dr. Dog announced on their Facebook page that their new EP, Wild Race, would be released digitally on October 2. The EP was recorded and mixed with Nathan Sabatino during the sessions for Be the Void.
Dr. Dog’s first live album, Live at a Flamingo Hotel became available of January 13, 2015 and the band has been pretty quite since then.
UNTIL NOW Abandoned Mansion from Dr. Dog was released in multiple formats (CD, vinyl and cassette). They only released 450 versions of the cassette version and has already sold out. So if you’re one of the few who still rock out via cassette player, you’re out of luck but you can stream and/or download it here, plus look for it in your local record store!