Quick & Dirty - Dog Day

By: Jennifer Kentfield

Quick & Dirty - Dog Day
Photo: Erika Jacobs
Dog Day

July 30, 2009 – Halifax, Canada

It's hard to imagine a band would get along better after a breakup—that is, a breakup between band members who are still together in the band. But considering that these guys have been together since their garage days, it's good to know that they're getting along better now than ever.

Let's back up a little bit here. Halifax's indie crooners Dog Day, consisting of couple Seth Smith and Nancy Urich and divorcees Casey Spidle and Crystal Thili, started out like so many other bands: making music in basements and garages and putting out EPs on homemade CD-Rs. Thankfully, the response was so great that two years later, in 2007, they released their first full-length album, Night Group, and have now released their newest endeavour, Concentration.

The band, with its two guitars, keyboards and drums, infuses indie rock tones with soft, melodic rhythms to create a unique sound. Each band member comes from a different place musically, and the chemistry that ignites when they come together works. The mix of Smith's and Urich's vocals provides a refreshing sound, giving the audience a nice change from the usual male-led bands.

"Seth and Nancy like singing together. It's natural, they're a couple and they love doing it together," says Spidle.

Their duo of voices helps Dog Day stand out from the huge crowd of indie bands across Canada—and has, no doubt, helped earn some of the positive feedback they've been getting from around the world.

"People really like it," Spidle says of Concentration. "We're happy about it. We need to play more in the US, they're a tough crowd. We would like to go back because I think it takes more than one show to get them into us."

After years of playing music and touring the world, most recently Europe, the band has evolved naturally. "We didn't have to force anything that happened," says Spidle. "All the touring has affected our change. We aren't isolated in our hometown anymore."

They've gotten closer throughout touring, and get increasingly better with the more hard work they do. Of course, touring and gaining more fans also influences egos.

"I think we're more weathered and possibly jaded," says Spidle. "We hate to be like that, but it happens. We try to keep humble and down to earth. We respect down-to-earth people, so why would we be any different?"

It's not about an ego trip for these rockers—Dog Day just want to play music. And as long as they continue to love it, they will keep playing.

Video: "Happiness" by Dog Day

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