Acclaimed Los Angeles outfit that dog., comprising guitarist/vocalist Anna Waronker, drummer Tony Maxwell, and bassist/vocalist Rachel Haden – have released a new video for the song ‘Just The Way,’ a blistering standout track from their first new album in twenty-two years, entitled Old LP, out this Friday, 4 0OGeffectober via UMe. The Casey Storm-directed that dog. video for ‘Just The Way’, which premiered today exclusively on Funny Or Die, is a Three’s Company fever dream, and guest stars the band’s longtime friends Jack Black and Maya Rudolph. You can check it out below.
The much-acclaimed Los Angeles outfit came of age in the 90’s, 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, who include Jack Black and Maya Rudolph.
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.”
Across its eleven songs, Old LP is full of all the sounds that made that dog. one of the most amazing bands of their time, including interlocking vocal melodies, hooks-on-hooks, sweet orchestration, and Waronker’s signature guitar tuning. There’s the unshakeable tension between sweetness and dissonance, between dark and light, between life-or-death seriousness and tongue-in-cheek wordplay. But with two decades of life experience behind them, the dynamics of that dog. are now notably more stark and sophisticated, layered and multi-dimensional.
Old LP is out on 4 October and can be bought here.