Much acclaimed Los Angeles band that dog. – comprised of guitarist/vocalist Anna Waronker, drummer Tony Maxwell, and bassist/vocalist Rachel Haden – will release their first new album in twenty-two years on 4 October 2019 via UMe. Now, the band have released a mini-documentary on the making of the album’s title track ‘Old LP’, which features the band recording the song with guest vocalist Maya Rudolph. You can check the new visuals out below.
Old LP, was recorded over the last three years in Los Angeles, features guest appearances from Maya Rudolph, Randy Newman, Graham Coxon (Blur), Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go’s), Tanya Haden (The Haden Sisters), violinist Kaitlin Wolfberg, Andrew Dost (fun.), and Steve McDonald (Redd Kross).
Last month, the band announced Old LP with its lead single “If You Just Didn’t Do It,” which Rolling Stone hailed as having “all the hallmarks of what made them so fun and refreshing when they arrived in mid-Nineties, mixing crisp, agile alt-rock guitar charge, sleek melodies, and a uniquely refined sense of orchestration and craft that reflects their rich musical pedigree,” while the The New York Times called that dog. “one of the finest bands of the ’90s” saying the “vibes are intact” on their new album.
that dog. came of age in the ‘90s, releasing three critically-acclaimed albums on DGC/Geffen Records between 1993-1997, and toured with artists such as Beck, Weezer, Jawbreaker, Blur, Foo Fighters, The Amps, Wallflowers, and Counting Crows, in addition to opening for Johnny Cash at Carnegie Hall. The idea to regroup for a new album was inspired by the energy of their 2011-2012 reunion shows, as the trio rediscovered the joy of playing together and observed the fervent reactions of their fans. The reunion shows were the spark they needed to start recording again, but from there, it was a slow and deliberate process. “By the end of 2012 we had four songs done,” recalls Waronker. “In 2013, we had a few more. We needed time to let it grow into what it would become. Sometimes it’s hard to get there. Which is kind of the theme of the album.”
Old LP was made on stolen time, moments snuck here and there when Maxwell would visit Los Angeles from New York, where he had established himself as a creative television executive. It was an arduous, years-long process, but the time and space afforded the group more leniency to slowly rebuild their band. And while a number of these new songs sound perfectly at home in the that dog. discography, there is experimentation in new directions, too. For starters, Old LP finds Waronker composing and arranging orchestral instrumentation for the band for the first time, additions that are all over the album: violin, cello, piano, upright bass, horns, woodwinds, many of which are performed by friends and family.
that dog. has also announced shows in Los Angeles and New York in November. You can check the band’s official Facebook page out for tickets and further details.
that dog. Play:
11/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
11/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw.
Old LP is out on 4 October and can be bought here.