November 3, 2010 0

THE DIG IS UP…AND COMING

By in indie music, montreal, music

Electric Toys, the 12-song debut album of indie band The Dig, was officially released on June 6th. The Dig has already toured with other talented groups like The Walkmen, White Rabbits, Here We Go Magic, Editors, The Antlers, Portugal. The Man and most recently The Henry Clay People. They’re back on the road- this time with The Joy Formidable.

Thanks to Marni Wandner from Sneak Attack Media in NYC, this blogger has officially turned first-time music journalist. I spoke to The Dig’s keyboard/guitar player Erick Eiser on the phone yesterday just as the band was finishing a shopping detour at Walmart to gear up for the fall/winter tour weather.

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Design Is Yummy: What’s the best part about being on tour?

Erick: Definitely the freedom for me. I love just not having to really answer to anything or anyone, not having a boss-just going around playing music every night, experiencing the different cities, meeting new people…You have responsibilities as far as the music goes, showing up on time and playing hard every night, but that feels natural anyway, so it doesn’t feel like you have very much responsibility. It’s just fun.

Design Is Yummy: What’s the significance of the album cover artwork?

Erick: I think it’s primarily aesthetic, but it did come from an idea that Emile, the bass player, his girlfriend Ali had. She was doing all the artwork for everything for a while. She had this one design of an ominous looking drawing of a girl emerging from a cupcake. It was creepy, but looked really cool. I thought that should have been the album cover…..but, it looked too much like a sketch, so Emile and some of his friends played off the idea of the cupcake and just kinda messed around with different things….It doesn’t literally correlate with the name of the album, but I think the overall kinda vibe and feeling of it correlates with the album title and mood of the album.

Design Is Yummy: What drives you to make music?

Erick: This is the only thing I’d ever want to do….We’re all really attached to each other as far as people and as far as the music goes. I’ve known Emile and Baldy for 9 years…and we’ve been together pursuing a career in music for 9 years. Emile and Baldy grew up in a band together and Jamie grew up playing music his whole life and when we met it just felt like we’re going to be in this until the end.

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A little post-Halloween weekend fun fact for you: The last show of the tour with the Henry Clay People was on the 29th at Echo Park and The Dig played dressed as a mariachi band!

A very special thanks to Erick and The Dig for their time (and patience) chatting with this newbie interviewer.  Thanks again to Marnie and Sneak Attack Media for sending me to check out the show tomorrow. I’m looking forward to seeing them kill it at 8 pm at Le Petit Campus (57 Prince Arthur East) here in Montreal.

Listen to The Dig on MySpace and find out if they’re rocking a city near you…

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